Quiz: Evaluating ADHD Myths

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Question 1 of 10

Although the name ADHD is a relatively new term, references to behaviors typical of children with ADHD have been around for many years. The first description of a child with ADHD was in:

  • A1956
  • B1845
  • C1902
  • D1937

Question 2 of 10

Although the exact cause of ADHD is not known, sugar, food coloring and other additives play a major role in children developing symptoms of ADHD.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse

Question 3 of 10

ADHD is diagnosed through:

  • AAll of the above
  • BA Blood Test
  • CBehavior Checlist Completed By Parents and Teachers
  • DX-Rays/Scans of the Brain

Question 4 of 10

ADHD is considered a real disorder by most of the medical community. However, some people deny that it’s existence. One of the reasons people believe it is a made up disorder is:

  • AThey believe doctors and pharma companies made it up as a marketing gimmick
  • BThey believe that people would rather have a disorder than take responsibility for actions
  • CAll of these
  • DThey do not believe in psychiatric medicine

Question 5 of 10

The number of prescriptions written for stimulant medication to treat ADHD has increased dramatically over the past twenty years.  The reason for this is:

  • ADoctors prefer to treat children with ADHD with medication before trying behavioral strategies
  • BDoctors write prescriptions for children without thorough examinations.
  • CParents and teachers are happier when problem children are on medication.
  • DDoctors are better able to diagnose ADHD because of increased knowledge and understanding of the disorder.

Question 6 of 10

Although the exact causes of ADHD are unknown, the following are all considered to possible causes, except:

  • AChemical imbalance in the brain
  • BPoor parenting skills
  • CGenetic factors
  • DSmoking during pregnancy

Question 7 of 10

When parents seek medical help for their children’s ADHD, they often do it because:

  • AThey are seeking answers for heavioral and academic problems their children may be having
  • BThey want to be able to excuse bad behavior
  • CThey want to give their children medication to keep quiet
  • DThey would prefer their child be labeled with a disorder than "bad"

Question 8 of 10

ADHD, and the treatment for it, including medication, is one of the most researched disorders of all times. Medication has been found to be safe and effective in treating ADHD. Some of the ways medication helps are:

  • AAll of these reasons
  • BMedication helps children to succeed in school
  • CChildren that receive treatments for ADHD are not as likely to have a substance-abuse problem later in life
  • DMedication can help in social situations

Question 9 of 10

Girls and boys are both diagnosed with ADHD at the same rate.

  • ATrue
  • BFalse

Question 10 of 10

The number of children and adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD has increased over the past 20 years.  The reasons for this include all the following, except:

  • ASpecial education laws have made it possible for children with ADD/ADHD to receive accommodations at school.
  • BPublic awareness and media attention have increased awareness and knowledge of ADD/ADHD. Special education laws made it possible for children with ADD/ADHD to receive accommodations.
  • CDoctors and pharmaceutical companies make more money when more people are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
  • DThe diagnosis of ADD was added to the DSM-IV