ADHD, Actually: The Struggle is Real

Research reveals how life-altering ADHD really is… and what you can do about it

ADHD is about so much more than difficulty sitting still or paying attention

So. Much. More.

Despite decades of information being available to anyone and everyone, including doctors, teachers, and the general public, there is still a lot of misinformation out there.

It’s ironic — okay, a bit sad and frustrating too — that one of the most common childhood disorders is one of the least well understood. So misunderstood, in fact, we have an entire story series dedicated to challenging myths about ADHD.

The CDC (U.S.) indicates that 9.4% of children aged 2–17 years are diagnosed with ADHD. Statistics Canada states that 5% of school-aged children (presumably aged 5–17) are diagnosed with ADHD. The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) states that ADHD is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada and remains under-recognized and under-diagnosed, despite being the most treatable psychiatric disorder in Canada.

So, what is ADHD, if not a case of “the wiggles”? If it’s not simply a matter of needing to focus more or get more organized, then what exactly is it?

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Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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