October is ADHD Awareness Month

3 October 2019

The mission of ADHD Awareness Month is to educate the public about ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) by disseminating reliable information based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.

It is supported by:

  • the ADHD Coaches Organisation (ACO), a non-profit association created to advance the profession of ADHD coaching worldwide;

  • the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), the world’s leading adult ADHD organisation

  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the leading resource on ADHD providing support, training, education and advocacy for the 17 million children and adults in the United States living with ADHD, their families, educators, and healthcare professionals.

Full details of ADHD Awareness Month, and of the above organisations, can be found at https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting both children and adults around the globe. The aim of the various organisations, as highlighted by activities planned for October, is to share resources and to encourage people affected by ADHD to seek assessment and get appropriate treatment.

The coalition of groups supporting the Awareness Month are campaigning on Twitter (#ADHDAwarenessMonth) to tackle some of what they describe as the myths surrounding ADHD.

These include:

  • that ADHD does not exist (despite scientific evidence to the contrary); and

  • that children grow out of ADHD (a minority may but the full disorder or at least significant symptoms and impairments persist in between 50% and 86% of cases).

Factsheets and posters for those wishing to participate in ADHD Awareness Month can be found at https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/downloads.