ADHD VS Stereotypes: What does it really look like in adults?

What’s the worst ADHD stereotype 😡 ?

🧠 ADHD is complex

👀 Everybody can experience it differently

💕 These are only the reflection of my own experience

😕 So many people are still undiagnosed because of these stereotypes!

☀️ Let’s show the world what ADHD really is to us 🤗 !

Table of Contents

~ 1. Breaking the ADHD Stereotypes

~ Is Stereotyping Bad?

~ ADHD Stereotype vs. Reality

Breaking the ADHD Stereotypes

A stereotype is a generalized assumption about a person or people based upon their race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, or condition. These generalizations are often based on popular belief but are never accurate in every case. Unfortunately, there are plenty of these stereotypes when it comes to ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Is Stereotyping Bad?

Having stereotypes is generally harmful because it is never accurate. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and fairness without any bias. People may become uncomfortable when being subjected to generalization. The stereotyping may prevent them from doing what they love or expressing their interests freely because they are afraid of being judged by going out of the usual.

ADHD Stereotype vs. Reality

When people think of someone with ADHD, they might think of a boy who cannot sit still in class or someone who just constantly needs attention. But as more studies are being held and more people are talking about this topic, it is becoming easier to break these stereotypes.

Difficulty to focus ADHD adult example

It is essential to understand that not all symptoms of ADHD are always present in an individual. Sometimes, people with ADHD experience differently from other people, and it's essential to understand that every person has varying experiences with one another.

Here are some of the stereotypes for ADHD and what they are in reality:

Impulsivity ADHD adult example
  • Impulsivity

Some people perceive impulsivity as someone who instantly buys anything of interest without knowing the reason behind the purchase. However, impulsivity can also come in different forms, such as making decisions swiftly, blurting out answers, and interrupting people during conversations. These impulsive behaviors are sometimes caused by the urge to release all ideas from an ADHD brain.

  • Hyperactivity

A person with ADHD might be seen as someone who constantly moves around the room, jumps around all day, and has an unlimited supply of energy up in their sleeves. Although those behaviors might be seen due to their hyperactivity, only a few people act that way. An ADHD brain may also be hyperactive and produce countless thoughts and ideas, which we cannot obviously see. This can cause them to stay unfocused and fidget to release all of those thoughts and ideas. Also, hyperactivity doesn't necessarily mean that a person with ADHD has energy all the time. Mostly, the person might be experiencing exhaustion from the sudden burst of energy.

Getting Distracted
  • Getting Distracted

Being distracted by superficial things is also one of the things stereotyped to be part of ADHD. And while it may seem true since people with ADHD have a hard time focusing, it is essential to note that not everyone gets distracted easily. Other things going inside an ADHD brain may make it hard for them to pay attention. Sensory overloads also can affect the capability of an ADHD brain to focus.

Being Forgetful
  • Being Forgetful

ADHD people have a hard time remembering things, and it's often associated with being forgetful. But, being forgetful also has different meanings. ADHD people might get distracted easily because they just forget about something without noticing its immediate importance.

Stereotypes are usually baseless because these are usually not applicable to everyone. It is important that people should aim to understand each other's differences, rather than create distinctions based on their own experiences. Breaking ADHD stereotypes can be possible if everyone will try to know what ADHD really is instead of creating misconceptions about it.

Always remember that ADHD is complex...

Table of Contents

~ 1. Breaking the ADHD Stereotypes

~ Is Stereotyping Bad?

~ ADHD Stereotype vs. Reality

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, it’s best to see a professional for a diagnosis.

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