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October 21, 2011

Dispelling myths surrounding ADHD

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Pella —

MYTH: Symptoms of ADHD are obvious.

Many children are not diagnosed in a clinical setting. It may take several instances of observing a child in his or her natural setting before ADHD is accurately diagnosed.

MYTH: There are herbal "miracle" cures for ADHD.

There are no miracle cures for ADHD, even though infomercials may suggest otherwise. Vitamins and herbal supplements may prove ineffective.

MYTH: ADHD is just a kid on a sugar rush.

There is no evidence to link the onset of ADHD with sugar consumption.

MYTH: Those with ADHD are not likely to have any other associated conditions.

Individuals with ADHD are often diagnosed with other conditions that can play a role. These may include mood, anxiety and conduct disorders, and also learning disabilities.

With proper information and treatment, children and adults with the condition can live focused, happy and successful lives.

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