ADHD is stigmatized and misunderstood
As the number of ADHD diagnoses increases, the stigma that surrounds the disorder continues, as well as the debate on whether ADHD exists. Questions over the legitimacy and diagnosis are common among health professionals, with many fighting to prove that the condition is a valid disorder. The misunderstanding of ADHD comes from the fact that we aren’t entirely sure where the disorder comes from or why it is developed. Many scientists believe it is genetic, while others suggest that environmental factors are a leading cause. Whatever the cause may be, ADHD is a real condition that affects more than 5 million children in the United States today. Several disorders remain mysterious to health professionals today, but people still in treatment for them. Conditions, such as bipolar, are accepted as a valid condition and treated as a result. Still, the exact cause of bipolar is unknown. If we were to turn these individuals away from receiving the right treatment, their lives would be significantly affected. ADHD should not be treated any differently. Many people have received treatment for ADHD, and have reported positive long-lasting results. Putting a negative connotation around ADHD may cause people to not seek out treatment, in fear of being shamed for their condition.
The stigma that surrounds ADHD stems from the misdiagnosis of patients. Many signs of ADHD, such as restlessness and the inability to focus, are closely aligned with symptoms of other conditions. While it may seem wrong or insensitive to say that ADHD doesn’t exist, the belief may come from the possibility of misdiagnosis or the fear that a more serious condition may not be realized. These alternative conditions may be anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or a learning disability. The treatment for ADHD may not be as effective if they are being treated for the wrong condition.