Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children and many adults, too. Although it’s a real disorder, society has spun it into an adjective, to describe moments when people feel “flustered” or “disinterested” – this misunderstanding causes many people to disregard when someone truly has the disorder, or to ignore symptoms that need to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist. The following are some major situations in which ADHD just doesn’t fit in:

  • “I’m so ADHD, I can’t focus.” Inability to focus is a potential component of ADHD, but it does not mean that focusing is impossible. In fact, people with ADHD often fluctuate with their focus, meaning they may have difficulty focusing on some things, and then be hyper-focused on others. This unequal distribution of attention makes it challenging for someone with ADHD, especially when something they must pay close attention to is something they are very disinterested in.
  • “I must have ADHD because I’m on my phone all the time.” A 2017 study found that Americans check their phone every 12 minutes on average – equaling out to about 80 times a day. Technology has certainly captured Americans at a more significant level than ever before, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has ADHD. There are a variety of other symptoms that accompany ADHD besides focus, so it’s important to consider those as well.
  • “I want Adderall, so I must have ADHD.” Adderall is a stimulant and is designed to help those with ADHD stabilize their brain function and behavior. If you truly have ADHD, you will likely notice an improvement in your symptoms – if you don’t, you may experience headaches, loss of appetite, jitteriness, elevated blood pressure, palpitations, insomnia, and more.
  • “I can hyper-focus on videogames, so I don’t have ADHD.” As mentioned earlier, hyper-focusing on things that interest you could still be a sign of ADHD. Focus typically fluctuates with this disorder, but there are 3 different sub-categories of ADHD and it depends on what you are diagnosed with.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 5% of children have ADHD. An estimated 4% of adults in the United States have ADHD, totaling 8 million people. Treatment for ADHD may include both medication and therapy, helping a person lessen the severity of their symptoms for better functioning in day to day life. If you struggle with ADHD, make the decision to seek help today.

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