De-bunking an ADHD Myth: We all have ADHD

“Everybody has trouble focusing and paying attention, so either we must all have ADHD, or it’s being wrongly diagnosed in others.”

Working in such a unique and specialized field, when asked the inevitable “what do you do” question outside of our clinic walls, our answer usually gets followed up by a number of questions and opinions about ADHD and its symptoms.

While most of these responses are quite positive, we do get the occasional naysayer who tells us ADHD “isn’t real” or is “over-diagnosed.” We all have trouble paying attention, it doesn’t mean we all have ADHD.

To them we say, “True, we all have trouble paying attention sometimes, but there’s more to it than that.”

Sometimes this little sentence is met with genuine curiosity, and sometimes with an exaggerated sigh and eye roll – in either case we go on to explain:

“You see, ADHD is a spectrum disorder. We all occasionally have inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive symptoms, but the difference is that people with ADHD experience varying degrees of these symptoms to the point that it causes impairment in different areas of their life. People with ADHD have symptoms that impact their daily functioning: it impacts their school, their work, their relationships, their finances – the list can go on. So yes, while someone may have trouble focusing occasionally, if this difficulty regulating focus does not impair their daily functioning, they very likely won’t be diagnosed with ADHD.”

By then, hopefully we’ve wowed them and their response is, “Thanks for clearing up that misconception for me, Springboard Clinic” and we can go on to brag about our clients.

In fact, it is because of our amazing clients that we have made it our ongoing mission to debunk ADHD myth that continue to dominate many people’s beliefs. Since we opened our doors, we have had the pleasure of working with some pretty remarkable people – we have seen them grow, we have seen them thrive, and we have seen them become extraordinary versions of their already extraordinary selves.

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