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Do Not Panic If Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With ADHD

Posted in Child Support on 7th October 2011

Do Not Panic If Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With ADHD

Article by Midge Wynne

If you are a parent whose child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, do not get unnecessary tensed. You will be amazed to know that some of the greatest men in history had similar disorder in their childhood. Can you imagine, the immensely talented and remarkably successful in their respective fields, Beethoven, Agatha Cristie and Walt Disney were believed to run the symptoms of ADHD? Some of the greatest scientists of all times like Einstein, Thomas alva Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were also believed to have this disorder. The world leaders like Churchill and Roosevelt suffered the similar fate in their childhood. According to some estimates nearly 3 to 10% school going children in North America are diagnosed with some forms of ADHD. So you can see, you are not the only parent whose child has ADHD and you should in fact take relief in the fact that many children in spite of having this kind of disorder became extremely successful in their chosen career at a later stage of their lives.

As the name suggests, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioral problem among the children. The disorder manifests differently in different patients. The symptoms of ADHD are related to four major areas of behavior: inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness and boredom. The children diagnosed with ADHD are easily distracted, and have difficulty in remaining seated still; instead they run around everywhere. These hyper active kids are prone to maker careless mistakes and find difficulties in responding to instructions and often late or fail to complete a given task. They generally display a very short temper, throwing all kinds of tantrums, talks excessively and interrupt a lot when they are supposed to keep quiet.

Often the parents in their subconscious minds blame themselves for any kind of disorder in their children. But in case of ADHD, the parents should not feel any guilty complex, for it does not result from bad parenting or other environmental factors like dysfunctional homes, separated parents etc. It is purely caused by biological and physical factors. Genes are also responsible for a child’s being suffered from ADHD. The root of the problem lies in the chemical imbalance of brain leading to some metabolic dysfunction in which neurological demands are not responded sufficiently and the information are not processed adequately. This insufficiency makes the child’s brain overwork and the child becomes overstressed easily. Then, through ear infections, food allergies or due to complexities during pregnancy or even lead poisoning and head injury, ADHD may occur in some children.

ADHD can be dealt with medications and several behavioral therapies. The ADHD medication emphasizes on development of neural building material to stimulate brain’s functioning. Most experts are of the view that a systematic management of the disorder

I have adult adhd, on meds yet can’t get rid of hazardous/unsanitary living conditions, whats wrong with me?

Posted in Working Mothers on 24th March 2011

I have adult adhd, on meds yet can’t get rid of hazardous/unsanitary living conditions, whats wrong with me?
I’m a single mom of 3, in college full time and not currently working. It seems I’m always cleaning my home, yet it remains hazardous/unsanitary. It’s at the point where human services took the children from me temporarily because they allege I’ve neglected my children for said reasons. My kids were gone for 6 days and are home now but that was half the battle. I have court dates, CHIPs petitions to worry about. I’m not a “bad mother”, and my children are fed/clean/clothed/cared for properly. Our home life isn’t “dysfunctional”, I work hard to provide the essentials, we don’t have a lot of money or time for that matter. I give my kids a good life other than not being able to keep a clean home. I don’t understand what’s wrong with me. I’ve been on meds for like 6 years, I had adhd as a teen and was on meds for 3 years back then, no meds for 4 years in between. I thought meds was the answer to my adhd?

Best answer(s):

Answer by bmac
That’s just plain lazy, slovenly behavior and has nothing to do with ADHD.

Why can’t you clean your home? I don’t understand. You don’t work so you can’t say you don’t have the time. You are just using this ADHD as an excuse. So, you’ll lose your children. Well, at least they won’t have to live in a pig sty with a mother who sits around feeling sorry for herself and doesn’t care.

Answer by uldatnmo
Are your kids old enough to help with the house? I’m not saying for them to do the intire thing by themselves…but with your help the house will look great..
Sometimes it is as simple as breaking old habits….
Organization is great for cleaning up a house….
With adhd, your attention whirls, and your hyper- on that note pick a spot and vocus only on that area…when done move-on to another….
Make a list of what you would like done with each room and focus on that list untill you achieve the goal you want…
Good luck ! !

Answer by ranger_girl
Meds AND psychotherapy! That is your solution!

Answer by gary j
I’m not trying to be mean but it seems like you must have some time on your hands cause your sitting here asking this . put you r time to good use . if you loose those kids over something like this you will be known as a s—- ass parent not a person with adhd do the right thing love your kids they remember everything and they will remember the time you did everything you could to keep your family together

Answer by cher
As much as SOME people like to pass it off as your attutude and actions, it isn’t ENTIRLY your fault. Try to get the kids to help clean, and work on reminding yourself not to leave a mess. I also have ADD, so I understand how hard it is. Unfortunatly, not all of us can rely on the meds. You need to (possibly with professional help) learn to compensate for your problem. For example, I have to remind myself that I can’t throw my cloths on the bed, because I won’t bother to remember that when I ‘m washing clothes. Good Luck!

How can you help an ADHD child want to learn?

Posted in Child Care on 24th November 2010

How can you help an ADHD child want to learn?
My 12 year old son is ADHD. At one point in time, ffom K thru 3rd grade he was a straight A student and he loved to learn. Doing his homework was never a problem for him. He loved to experiment with all kinds of subjects. Then when he got to the 4th grade he got a teacher that stereotyped him as bad because of his ADHD. She sent him to the principle for even the littlest thing ex. bending down to pick up a pencil he dropped on the floor so he could finish his classwork. When he tried to explain to her what he was doing she said he was defiant ans argumentitive b/c he should have went without trying to explain what happened. That year he was sent home at least once a week for teacher accused dissrupting, being defiant and argumentitive. Since this year he has given up trying in school. His grades are poor and he has developed a “don’t care” attitude about school. He has been seen a therapist for 2 years to try and help him. It has helped some but not as much as I would like.
I want to help him get excited about learning again, and to remember how much fun it can be. He is in his first year of Jr High now and I want him to excell. If anyone has any suggestions on ways I can try to get him back interested and excited about school i would live to hear them.

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Answer by Knight Davion
from what i view, i hope this will help:
1st: that kid got humiliated by that senseless teacher reason 1 why he doesn’t wanna go to school

2nd: try to fight back that teacher,of course not in physical way but the smart way(the way that works for me that i did on the teacher which has the same attitude as him,nobody likes the teacher, talking the logical way and the truth is the strongest will that support in a argument, if you want, get a small Camera for your kid and tape what happen when the teacher got fussy again, that will be a concrete proof and Sayonara to that teacher.

This might sounds a bit….bad but….your son isn’t wrong and he has the right to fight back! (sry for the lawyer talking style,as i suffer the same as he do, and i solve it myself cause i think it’s the right way)

Answer by pbieagles
well first you should report the teacher to the school or a board for discrimination. 2nd. situation= he could be trying to be “cool” by failing,its been a situation ive seen but never understood. Try a reward system like extra time with tv or whatever he likes to do. Also, he should be taking pills, i have friends who have some of the worst cases of a.d.d/A.D.H.D and they are fine with the pills

Answer by Granny PJ
Are you certain that he is ADHD? I mean, he did so well in school up to the point that he became frustrated….

My son was ADHD… he had extreme trouble staying focused on school work…he couldn’t even sit still in his desk… at home he literally “bounced” from couch, to chair, and all over th house. I had to drive him to school, as the bus driver couldn’t keep up with him.

My question is, was he adhd from the start? or is this a new diagnosis? and is he on any medication for it? Event some of the medication that they are using for ADHD these days, can cause behavior issues….

My personal opinion, is that too many kids are being diagnosed with ADHD these days, and many of those do not really have it. It’s become a convenient diagnosis, to keep the blame off of the real problem…. a problem of overcrowding in the schools, lack of funding, behavior issues that stem from both problems in the home, and in the schools.

What I am reading in your question, is that your son may be suffering from a lower self esteem problem… possibly brought on by the very fact that he has the ADHD diagnosis. Is it possible, to forget for a while,. that he has this diagnosis? And look at just the boy?

Perhaps an activity that is outside of the school…. such as a swim team, boy scouts….. something that he might be able to participate in, and be proud of. The point is, take the attention away from the ADHD diagnosis…. turn the attention toward his accomplishments.