After reading the title of this post, I know that many of my readers will make an assumption right away: that I’m about to start a discussion about childhood ADHD.
I get it. When most parents hear about ADHD, it’s a conversation that begins in the classroom, through the media or with other moms and dads who are also looking for information and resources. And I’m not going to fault you for making that assumption; ADHD is the most common child psychiatric disorder and affects 5 to 12% of school-aged children. (1)
But here’s something we don’t talk about often – and perhaps not nearly often enough – ADHD does not only affect children. Did you know that as many as 4.4% of grownups have ADHD? (2) Translated, that means 1.1 million Canadian adults are living with ADHD. Chances are, someone very close to you is affected by this condition, but may refrain from reaching out due to the myths and social stigma associated with the disorder. (1) (2)
Let’s counteract misperceptions with understanding. …