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Rising Above the Challenges of Raising a Child with ADHD

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Rising Above the Challenges of Raising a Child with ADHD

 

Part of parenting can include experiencing some disorganized, frenzied and downright frustrating behavior from your children from time to time. From developmental, emotional and behavioral concerns to academic and social demands, parenting certainly has its share of emotional challenges. Add ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) into the mix, and raising children takes on a different level of intensity.

If you are a parent, ADHD statistics may alarm you. The figures are clear that it is not a rare condition and that your child can’t be an exception or immune to it. The condition can result in your child’s life being more difficult. Raising him/her can be extra challenging on your part. Integrating your ADHD child to the rest of the family may also contribute to the difficulties inside your domicile.

The whole idea of raising a happy ADHD child that is well adjusted to the family and their environment outside the home is, however, not impossible. Working with a professional counselor/therapist the seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be conquerable. Expert help can fairly improve the outlook of the condition and prevent it from extending beyond childhood. Waiting for what may come should not be an option. This early it is best that you’re empowered and realistic. You need help to rise above the challenges of raising your child with ADHD.

 

Primary Facts about ADHD

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a neurobiological disorder commonly seen in children. It was first documented in the early 1900s and has assumed several names before it was called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – “minimal brain dysfunction, hyperkinetic reaction of childhood, and attention-deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity,” says CHADD.

The disorder covers a variety of symptoms, including a persistent pattern of the symptoms – inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness – that interferes with development and functioning. You may wonder, aren’t all children going to exhibit all these three hall mark symptoms at one time or another, especially among very young children? While the answer is clearly a YES, it is NO when these are excessive and pervasive. If their behaviors are compromising their safety, damaging their relationships, and affecting their everyday home/school life, seeking professional help must be considered.

In 2016, data and statistics of ADHD in children were estimated to be at 6.1 million consistent with the estimates of the National Survey of Children’s Health, although some studies indicate a higher rate of incidence. While the symptomatic behaviors may be exhibited by most children at times, they occur more frequently and severely in diagnosed children. The disorder starts in childhood but can continue into adulthood for at least one-third of young girls and boys with ADHD. The unusual behaviors are demonstrated in two or more settings, such as home, school, church, or other public places. Precisely because of these behaviors, children with ADHD run a higher risk of having academic and social difficulty.

 

The Symptoms to Look for

 

Whether your child is a girl or a boy, it is important to recognize the three core symptoms of ADHD.

 

  • Inattention: short attention span, lack of focus, disorganized, frequently loses or misplaces things, is easily bored or distracted, difficulty remembering details and instructions

 

  • Hyperactivity: constantly in motion, inability to stay still, careless actions that often lead to accidents, fidgeting and squirming, nonstop talking and blurting of irrelevant statements, difficulty with quiet or calm activities, quick temper

 

  • Impulsiveness: impatience, lack of self control, acts without thinking and without regard for consequences, intrusion or interruption in others’ conversation or activities, invades others’ space, struggles to keep powerful emotions in check

 

The signs and symptoms of the disorder are evident before the age of seven. With a few signs, however, it can be difficult to differentiate them from typical children’s behavior. If your child shows a number of the symptoms across multiple settings and the associated behaviors persist for six months or more, it is definitely time to be concerned. They may be some of the 8 indications that your child may need counseling, especially if the symptoms interfere with the child’s functioning and relationships.

 

The Encouraging Outlook for ADHD Treatment

There is no specific cure for ADHD, but many treatment options are available. Health care professionals use the current edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM V as the guide in diagnosing ADHD. With this standard, children are assured to be appropriately diagnosed and treated for the disorder. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the children who receive treatment have a greater outlook to improve their chances for success.

On the other hand, untreated ADHD has lifetime consequences of underachievement, poor self-esteem, delinquency and substance abuse. While it is believed to be hereditary, ADHD can be effectively treated to prevent it from progressing and developing into more serious problems. As it develops early, the chance of diagnosis is high if the symptoms can be recognized by the parents or caregiver. Ignoring or trivializing the behavioral manifestations is never productive, delaying the diagnosis and interventions.

Parenting is not an easy task for anyone with a child. It can be particularly more stressful for parents with a child struggling with ADHD.  It does not mean, however, that raising a child with ADHD is synonymous with “doom and gloom” because, as a parent, you can become and remain educated about the disorder, so you can take appropriate steps in helping your child reduce the symptoms. The key is to seek early intervention. The earlier you address the issues, the more positive the outlook is for your child.

 

Taking the Right Step to Help your Child with ADHD

It is fair to believe that ADHD children might have a slimmer chance of succeeding in life but know that it isn’t a prescription for failure. There is a good outlook for the condition if it can be diagnosed and treated early and continuously. Dr. Bob Myers, an ADHD expert, believes that children with this condition have a fair chance of succeeding in life, like any other boy or girl. He said that “ADHD is a brain difference.” This means that the condition can result in your child’s ways of learning and experiencing the world different. To adjust well to the world, they need to build and hone their unique talents and strengths.

If you are a parent of a child struggling with focusing, paying attention, procrastination, and they manifest the symptoms of ADHD, you are not alone. There has been a lot of research completed in order to look at ways to decrease the challenges associated with raising children with ADHD. While medication for ADHD may be helpful, at least in the short term, it is not the only answer. There are many effective options, including seeking help from an ADHD specialist in developing a treatment plan for your child.

Finding a specialist with years of experience and training in providing ADHD therapy for children is very important. Talking to a counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC is the right strategy for you and your child. Although parenting ADHD children is a complicated process, the rewards of seeking children’s counseling are numerous. Professional intervention, such as behavioral therapy, has been found to have positive effects on improving the ability of a child with ADHD to pay attention, curb their impulsive behavior, and to be less hyperactive.

 

Call CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC now to feel the joy of seeing your child develop his or her full potential and grow into a successful adult.

 

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