October is ADHD Awareness Month

Since 2012 CADDAC has been organizing a yearly national ADHD awareness campaign to debunk existing myths and increase ADHD awareness and understanding. At first it was an ADHD awareness week, but in 2014 we expanded to an ADHD awareness month. For the past few years we have also been using the campaign to highlight particular ADHD advocacy topics, using media and the distribution of policy papers to inform people about these issues, influence decision makers and launch government advocacy initiatives.

Topics of past campaigns have included,

  • ADHD is Real, Debunking Myths and Providing ADHD Facts
  • Adult ADHD
  • The Socioeconomic Cost of ADHD when left untreated
  • ADHD in Post-Secondary
  • ADHD in the Justice System

Prior to 2012 advocacy issues have included, Equitable Access to Education for all Canadians and Equality of Access for Canadians to New Medication

For further information on all of these topics please access, Past Campaigns, Current Campaigns, and Policy Papers.

General ADHD Awareness Key Messages (2012 Awareness Week)

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is NOT a disorder of undisciplined overactive boys. It is a real, complex, multifaceted, often life- long neurobiological disorder that affects people of both genders and all ages.
  • ADHD is NOT an insignificant disorder. In fact, it is one of the most common neurological disorders in Canada and is estimated to affect over one million Canadians.  Yet it continues to be under-diagnosed and under-treated.
  • ADHD doesn’t “go away.” Left untreated, the majority of sufferers will carry symptoms – regulating attention (difficulty paying attention, prioritizing attention and being easily distracted), losing things and forgetting to complete tasks, and speaking and acting impulsively – through to adulthood.  The result is significant impairment in their ability to study, work and manage their lives.
  • Myths and misinformation have been prominent in the media and in the community at large for too many years.
  • ADHD impacts, not only on the attainment of human and social capital, resulting in increased socioeconomic costs for Canada, but increases costs to healthcare, education, labour and social services, and increased costs to the justice system.

Please also access ADHD Facts and Stats for additional points, ADHD Awareness Resources for tools to assist you in your awareness efforts and Become Involved for information on how to join ADHD advocacy efforts and become a skilled advocate.