Don’t say: “ADHD isn’t real”
Abby Annable recounted when she was diagnosed with the condition in high school, and began telling her teachers. In response, her math teacher said “ADHD isn’t real. You’re just bored and not willing to pay attention in class.” After starting on medication to help with the symptoms of ADHD, Abby made honors. In fact, all the major medical groups—including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and National Institutes of Health—recognize ADHD as a condition that should be treated.
Don’t say: “He’s just a boy—he’ll grow out of it”
Parents of children with ADHD and other SPDs have been to pediatricians and specialists to come to a diagnosis. These comments undermine the reality of the condition and second-guess expert opinions. (Related: Learn these signs that your energetic toddler might have ADHD.)