2. People with ADHD aren’t trying to be “bad” and disrespectful to others; they can’t help daydreaming!
3. ADHD affects one’s executive function (the mental processes one uses to organize thoughts and plan goals).
4. Having ADHD doesn’t mean a person is stupid, as sadly, they are often told. In fact, there is evidence to suggest a correlation between average to above average intelligence and ADHD.
5. Not all who face ADHD are hyperactive; some bore easily and concentrate excessively (hyperfocus) on one thing at a time. This trait can be a great strength in the right profession!
6. Other issues, like Tourettes syndrome, autism, hand-eye coordination problems, etc. often arise alongside ADHD.
7. ADHD has been linked in part to diet. Interestingly enough, hyperactivity and lack of focus seem to result less from ingesting sugars than from the things that often go along with it — artificial colors and flavors.
8. Evidence suggests a genetic component to ADHD.
9. ADHD probably does not affect more boys than girls; it is more likely that boys are diagnosed more often than girls and that girls, who are more likely to present with the inattentive (rather than the hyperactive) form of ADHD, are more likely to be overlooked.
10. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU SHOULD KNOW: ADHD doesn’t mean you can’t be happy. If you, your spouse, or your child is affected by ADHD, you can acquire the skills and treatment to cope with this difference, and maybe even make it a strength. You are a learner — you just learn differently. If you have not found the support sources that work for you, keep looking! There is no reason you cannot become a lifetime learner.
Okay, there’s an eleventh thing: to catch up on the latest research on ADHD, you can start with the CHADD (Chilren and Adults with Hyperactivity Disorder) website http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/index.html, where you can find a number of helpful links, including one to their journal, Attention. The CDC website, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/index.html, also provides peer-reviewed studies on the subject, as well as other reliable resources.