It’s astonishing that although ADHD has long been recognized as a real brain-based medical disorder, we can still hear people say things like, “ADHD is just a manufactured ‘disease’ promoted by Big Pharma.” or “Yeah, everybody has a little bit of ADD.” or “People with ADHD just need to get motivated and try harder.”
During October of every year we celebrate ADHD Awareness Month, an opportunity to dispel the myths and share the facts about ADHD. This year’s theme is “Setting the Record Straight” and there are a number of ways you can get involved:
- Submit a video for the ADHD Awareness Month Video Contest in one of four submission categories: Family, Child, Adult and Professional. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Voting will begin on October 12 and winners will be announced on October 30, 2018. For more contest rules and submission details, go to the ADHD Awareness Month website.
- Check out the wonderful ADHD stories or share your own in about 150 words – what do you want the world to know about ADHD?
- Check out the creative ADHD Art or share your own representing what ADHD looks or feels like.
- Submit your ideas for the ADHD Awareness Month Meme Contest. The contest opens on October 1, 2018.
- Sign up for the 2018 International Conference on ADHD to be held in St. Louis, MO from November 8 – 11, 2018
Unless people live with ADHD themselves or know someone who does, it’s easy to buy into the myths. When we share information about ADHD and our experience with it, more people are given the opportunity to truly understand the challenges and the possibilities with ADHD.
Please help us set the record straight by sharing information about the contests and the website resources with family, friends and colleagues.
The mission of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition is to educate the public about ADHD. The coalition members include the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).