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Stigma regarding ADHD hurts people who have the diagnosis, their families, and the community.

  • Several myths and misunderstandings regarding ADHD (for example that it isn’t a real disorder, it’s over-diagnosed, it’s caused by poor parenting, it reflects character flaws, etc.) create and continue stigma around the diagnosis and individuals who have it.
  • Teens with ADHD who experience stigma are more likely to avoid treatment (including medication and/or therapy); this is also the case for children and adults.
  • People’s bias regarding personality traits observed in people who have ADHD affects their willingness to associate with those people in social, academic, and work environments.
  • Analysis of data from the National Stigma Study-Children found that childhood ADHD symptoms were seen by adults as less likely to be serious, to be a mental health condition, or to require treatment.
  • Teachers’ attitudes toward ADHD can influence their expectations of children who have it, which in turn affects those children’s self-efficacy and/or academic performance.
  • On the other hand, a study of Facebook ADHD groups shows that in such supportive environments, members were able to develop a positive group identity and reject negative aspects of common stereotypes related to ADHD. 

    You can find community in our online communities for parents and for adults

    And you can always call our Health Information Specialists, Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.  ET, at 800-233-4050.

This article appeared in ADHD Weekly on October 05, 2017.

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