As a matter of fact it does. ADHD Awareness Week is September 13–17. Backed by four leading national organizations—ADHD Coaches Organization, Attention Deficit Disorder Association, ADDitudemagazine and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)—the week hopes to raise awareness and public assistance for those affected by ADHD. As part of this effort, the groups will be posting evidence-based information and links to available resources and supports at www.adhdawareness2010.org. The site also has information on seven common myths about ADHD, including the following:
- ADHD isn’t a real medical disorder.
- Children who are given accommodations because of their ADHD are getting an unfair advantage.
- Children with ADHD eventually outgrow their condition.
- ADHD affects only boys.
- ADHD is the result of bad parenting.
- Children who take ADHD medication are more likely to abuse drugs as teenagers.
- People who have ADHD are stupid or lazy—they never amount to anything.