Misconceptions Regarding ADD and ADHD – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari
ADD/ADHD is both an over-diagnosed and under-diagnosed disorder. As there are many factors that can affect a child’s academic performance, behavior, and ability to focus, it is important to try to clear up some of the misconceptions that are common in regard to this disorder.
Attention Deficit Disorder Misconception #1
ADD/ADHD is not a real physiological disorder, its just something made up to describe poor students, lazy, or bad kids.
The presence of a neurological disorder is not something to be decided by the public or media, it is a matter of scientific research. Such studies spanning over one hundred years have consistently identified individuals with difficulty in concentrating, and/or impulse control, and/or hyperactivity.
Although the terms used to describe these individuals, our understanding of the problem, and the estimated number with the disorder has changed over the past century, the identification of the disorder has been consistent. ADD/ADHD is recognized as a disability by the courts, the United States Department of Education, The Office for Civil Rights, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Congress, and all major medical, psychiatric, psychological, and educational associations.
Attention Deficit Disorder Misconception #2
ADD/ADHD is caused by bad parenting, all that’s really needed is tougher discipline.
The body of parenting interaction research has clearly demonstrated that applying more discipline without any other type of intervention, worsens rather than improves the performance and behavior of children with ADD/ADHD.
Attention Deficit Disorder Misconception #3
Most children with ADD/ADHD will outgrow it.
Ninety to ninety-two per cent of children with ADD/ADHD will continue to manifest the disorder into adulthood. This disorder, untreated, often leads to a number of other, secondary problems in later years, depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, job related problems, difficulties with the legal system, and increased marital distress.
If successfully treated, most individuals once diagnosed with ADD/ADHD will live productive, reasonably well adjusted lives.
One method of treatment is Neurofeedback, a non-drug, painless, side effect-free procedure in which the person learns to re-train the attention mechanisms of the brain, alleviating the condition. Once the treatment is complete, no further training is necessary.
To request information on the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD), Mild to Moderate Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Depression, Chronic Anxiety, and Peak Performance Training contact:Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari Alta Neuro-Imaging Neurofeedback 1075 Yorba Place Suite 105 Placentia, CA 92870 714.990.6536