Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science
Dr. Vickie Beloy, DMSc, PA-C
Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric condition that leads to a significant impact on multiple domains of a patient’s life including occupational functioning, education, self-confidence, and personal relationships. Detriments of unmanaged ADHD include negative educational outcomes, skill deficits, poor socialization, and a higher rate developing of substance abuse disorders. Despite being a known and researched condition for over eighty years, misconceptions and poor understanding can create barriers to proper treatment and worsen the consequences of unmanaged symptoms. Common concerns from the general public, educators, and healthcare providers against ADHD patients are the validity of the condition, its symptoms, and pharmaceutical management. Education is needed to promote awareness, knowledge, and understanding to properly address known misconceptions.
Caffey MR. Reducing the Stigma of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder through Education. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2023; 5(2).
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