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by: Luke Scroggins

Can you remember a time when you noticed a child acting up? Perhaps causing trouble during class or making a scene at the grocery store. Our minds tend to jump to conclusions when we witness this sort of hyper-active behavior. We make assumptions about the child’s lack of parenting, or simply that ‘boys will be boys.’

But what is really going on inside that child’s mind? What is ADHD, and is it even a real disease? Few conditions have as many misconceptions associated with them as ADHD so let’s clear up some of these by taking a look at the facts.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, usually called ADD or ADHD, is a biologically based mental disorder that is often characterized by inattention and hyperactivity among others.

Studies show that ADHD affects both males and females equally, but due to a myth that the condition primarily affects young boys, males are most frequently diagnosed. ADHD isn’t just for children either. In fact, up to 50 percent of children with ADHD will continue to have it in adulthood. Other misconceptions surrounding ADHD include that it is the result of bad parenting, that it goes away during the summer months, and that people who have ADHD are less intelligent. None of these hold water.

Recent studies have actually shown that people with ADHD tend to have above-average intelligence! Some of the brilliant minds who are thought to make this list include Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Salvador Dali. Today, top level CEOs David Neeleman of JetBlue, and Paul Orfalea of Kinkos have both been diagnosed with ADHD, so it may not be such a bad thing after all, parents!

Although there isn’t a permanent treatment option for ADHD, recent studies including one being done at CTT, are testing new non-stimulant medications which are showing promise. Great news for those who don’t like how they feel on popular stimulant medications like Adderall.

To learn more about ADHD or to view currently enrolling ADHD studies, visit SAresearch.com.