ADHD Is Not Just a Buzzword

You can’t turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or really just TikTok without seeing some article, meme, or post claiming they have ADHD. This is really not true at all. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a legitimate neurological disorder affecting millions worldwide. Let’s look closer at why it’s time to stop using ADHD as a buzzword and instead work to understand the actual realities of living with it.

What Is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that affects the ability to pay attention, control impulses, and regulate behavior. While many people believe that these symptoms are something everyone experiences from time to time, for those with ADHD, these symptoms are persistent and interfere with everyday life. For example, someone with ADHD may struggle to focus on tasks for extended periods of time, have difficulty completing tasks in an organized manner, and be easily distracted by external stimuli like noise or movement.

The Impact of Misinformation
When people claim that everyone has “a little bit” of ADHD, it minimizes the impact this disorder can have on someone’s life. It implies that it is not a real disorder but an excuse for people who cannot focus or be productive when it is much more than that. All of these social media stigmas that are really just outright misinformation can make it difficult for those with ADHD to get the help they need because others will not take them seriously or think their struggles are exaggerated.

Creating Awareness
It is important to remember that having difficulty paying attention or being easily distracted does not necessarily mean you have ADHD; you could be just overwhelmed with life, burnout, or stressed out —but if these issues are interfering with your daily life, it may be worth talking to your doctor about getting tested for the disorder. If you do find out you have ADHD, there are plenty of resources available; from medications to lifestyle changes, there are lots of ways to manage your symptoms and live a fulfilling life despite having this disorder.

Stop thinking about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a buzzword used to describe feeling scatterbrained from time to time—it’s much more than that! The symptoms associated with those of us with ACTUAL ADHD can be debilitating if left unsupported and make everyday life difficult for us. That’s why it’s so important to get educated about what ADHD is and create awareness so we can help you get the support you need!