Misconceptions Of Adhd

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As the parent of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you may already be conscious of your child being difficult exhibiting impulsiveness finding it difficult to sit still, easily distracted or the inability to control their perpetual motion. ADHD is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in children which can last all the way up to adulthood. According to the latest revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) ADHD is characterized by a pattern of behavior, present in multiple settings (e.g., school and home), that can result in performance issues in social, educational, or work settings. Previously known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), symptoms exhibited are similar and is distinctly placed into two …show more content…
Although much is known about the association of ADHD, there are countless misapprehensions and complications about the illness that exists. These misconceptions can be fatal which can prevent counselors and parents from providing the support needed by the child. A common misconception about ADHD is that pharmacological treatment will eliminate all problematic inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive symptoms (Branscome et al., 2014). With the rates of ADHD constantly rising, school counselors may be called upon to provide a wide array of resources to include counseling, consultations, and support for children with ADHD facing difficulty with academic, social and behavioral difficulties. They are equipped with a basic outline and knowledge in effectively assisting students with ADHD succeed in their educational setting; however, they do not have extensive training in treating mental health conditions, and is not qualified to perform mental health assessments, prescribe medications or provide

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