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Stigma regarding ADHD hurts people who have the diagnosis, their families, and the community.
- Several myths and misunderstandings regarding ADHD (for example that it isn’t a real disorder, it’s over-diagnosed, it’s caused by poor parenting, it reflects character flaws, etc.) create and continue stigma around the diagnosis and individuals who have it.
- Teens with ADHD who experience stigma are more likely to avoid treatment (including medication and/or therapy); this is also the case for children and adults.
- People’s bias regarding personality traits observed in people who have ADHD affects their willingness to associate with those people in social, academic, and work environments.
- Analysis of data from the National Stigma Study-Children found that childhood ADHD symptoms were seen by adults as less likely to be serious, to be a mental health condition, or to require treatment.
- Teachers’ attitudes toward ADHD can influence their expectations of children who have it, which in turn affects those children’s self-efficacy and/or academic performance.
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Stigma regarding ADHD hurts people who have the diagnosis, their families, and the community