ADHD seems to have a bad rap. Many people don’t even consider it to be a real illness. In fact we know from studies that ADHD is a true neurobiological disorder affecting about 10% (or more) of the population, making it harder for people with the illness to plan and execute on important tasks.
Laziness, on the other hand, is a natural human state of low energy or motivation. It is brought on when the mind is tricked into believing that the long-term rewards of completing something of low interest – say math homework or a important work report – don’t seem to be as valuable as the short-term benefit of not working.
Laziness affects everyone; it’s a human condition. And the best part is that with goalsetting, proper time management, and a small dose of willpower, laziness can generally be overcome. The more you stretch your willpower muscles, the easier to deal with laziness in the future.
On the other hand, ADHD should be treated as the serious mental health condition that it is. It too can be worked around productively, although the method for doing so must be better directed, since the individual has genuine limitations to overcome.