ADHD vs Laziness – What’s the difference?

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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.

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1 year 4 months ago

Well, my mom believes that laziness should be considered a medical condition and that doctors just haven’t found the anomaly in our brain / body. Who knows? Maybe scientists will prove my mom correct in the future. I can see her face with the, “I told you so!” grin.

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Sandra Powells
1 year 4 months ago

My child has ADHD. We managed to enroll him in therapy sessions. He is also kinda lazy but curing that part was our responsibility.

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Murphy09
1 year 4 months ago

Laziness is a personality trait while ADHD is a mental condition. Laziness is not confined to people with ADHD.

Andrea
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1 year 3 months ago

Thank you for making this very important distinction. Anyone frustrated with an ADDer needs to read this!

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