ADHD and the myth of laziness

By Tara Drinks

At a glance

  • It’s a common myth that people with ADHD are lazy.

  • ADHD can make it harder for people to complete tasks.

  • There are ways to help people with ADHD tackle work and feel good about it.

People with ADHD often struggle with the skills needed to get tasks done. Their difficulty is sometimes mistaken for laziness. But that’s often not the case.

There are many reasons why people with ADHD have a hard time completing tasks. They may have trouble with paying attention, or with getting and staying organized. They might also have a hard time with anxiety.

Struggling with these skills can make people with ADHD feel insecure. Being told to just try harder can make them feel like they’re being judged. They may even start to question if they are lazy because other people have said so.

These insecurities can cause low self-esteem. Having low self-esteem can make it hard for anyone to want to push toward the finish line. 

Keep reading to learn more about people with ADHD and the myth of laziness. 

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    About the author

    About the author

    Tara Drinks is an associate editor at Understood.

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    Reviewed by

    Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD is an ADHD/ASD expert and a best-selling author.