I’ve just been scanning articles in a couple of current ADHD publications. A clear majority of the topics deal with children with ADHD. While children and young people are an essential focus for thought and research, it’s important to realize that 85 percent of the adults who have ADHD don’t even know they have it. Since statistics indicate that 4 percent of adults over 18 have ADHD, that’s a lot of individuals who are living with challenges they don’t understand and for which they could receive help and support.
Many of those adults who do know they have ADHD feel compelled to hide that fact from their friends and co-workers. There is clearly a stigma. Some thought leaders in the ADHD field don’t recommend letting an employer or future employer know that you have ADHD. They generally give that advice reluctantly, expressing the expectation that such measures will not always be needed. We have this situation today largely because of the misinformation that has been spread by media outlets that are either seriously misinformed or deliberately creating a controversy to build their readership or listening public. With events like ADHD Awareness Month, the ignorance and prejudice will diminish, but it will take time.
If you have a chance to share some facts about ADHD, either to another individual or to a group through a presentation or an article, don’t let that opportunity pass you by. You’ll be helping to move the collective consciousness forward toward the acceptance of ADHD and a greater understanding of neurodiversity. Vive la difference!