What a Diagnosis Really Means
For years, people clung to the “H” in ADHD–which stands for hyperactivity. It was long stereotyped that ADHD was only seen in “wild” or hyper children. In fact, for a long time ADHD was incorrectly categorized by professionals as a disruptive behavior disorder. In other words, it was thought that people with ADHD were uncooperative or defiant.
As of 2013 ADHD was appropriately re-categorized as a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning that it actually impacts your central nervous system and brain development. Symptoms can show up as issues in your personal, social, academic, or professional life.