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Busting ADHD myths

Busting ADHD myths

Published at 1:44pm 16th October 2018.

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If you were asked to explain ADHD, could you?  October is ADHD awareness month and Stray FM's Pete Egerton has been chatting to Dr Laura Powling from Elvolve Psychology in order to bust a few myths surrounding the condition.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness. There can be a range of traits and behaviours that are observed across people in those three areas, or perhaps in just one or two of those areas, it very much varies from person to person.

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Unbelievably, it has been suggested that ADHD can be caused by parents perhaps letting their little ones watch too much TV, play video games for a lengthy amount of time or even that the condition has arisen off the back of an allergic reaction. This is NOT the case and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise.

That said, a positive home environment can help manage symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults.

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Another myth surrounding ADHD is that it can be partly caused by consuming too many sugar-laden drinks and again, there is no evidence suggesting this. Research has and is being done into the genetics of ADHD, but just because an adult has the condition does not mean their children are naturally going to inherit and experience the same difficulties.

Listen to the full chat with Dr Laura Powling from Evolve Psychology.

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