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TOPIC: When People Are Dismissive of Your ADHD

When People Are Dismissive of Your ADHD 28 Mar 2014 02:49 #323

When People Are Dismissive of Your ADHD
Posted March 26, 2014 by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

It seems like everyone has an opinion about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And that opinion may not be grounded in fact, according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“ADHD is one of the most misunderstood conditions.” And that misinformation leads to a litany of misconceptions, he said.

ADHD doesn’t exist. It was invented by drug companies to make money. It’s just an excuse to be lazy. Can’t you just try harder?

Everyone has ADHD. You can’t have ADHD. You have a college degree. You’re too smart.

ADHD doesn’t affect adults. It only affects kids.

As an adult with ADHD, hearing such remarks is no doubt difficult, especially if they come from loved ones. (Even mental health professionals hold these myths, Olivardia said.)

“It is hard not to be defensive, since a dismissive comment is invalidating your life experience,” he said.

But being defensive doesn’t solve the problem, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach. Here’s what can.


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