Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition of childhood onset that is a significant public health concern. These children have frequent and severe behavior problems that are not appropriate for their age and interfere with their daily functional activity. In addition, the child may present psychiatric problem, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Genetics, brain injuries, nutrition, prenatal and postnatal toxin exposures are suggested to be the causes of ADHD.
Symptoms fall into 3 categories:
Lack of attention: Does not like mental effort, difficulty paying attention to details or keeping his attention, easily distracted, difficulty finishing homework or tasks that require concentration, difficulty following instruction or organizing tasks
Hyperactivity symptoms: Fidgets, difficulty siting still, on the go, likes to run or climb in inappropriate situations
Impulsivity symptoms: Interrupts others, answers before question is completed, cannot wait for their turn
What needs to be done?
First, do not conclude that every child who has a curious mind and is enjoying childhood by being active has ADHD. If you notice that your child presents abnormal behaviors, stays behind in school, and presents the behaviors that are mentioned in the symptoms categories, seek professional help. At SageMED, we are passionate to sit with each individual and form a personalized treatment plan. We will discover the root cause of the disease by reviewing family history, collecting clinical data, blood tests and genetics. There are many things that can be done naturally.
Siblings of children with ADHD:
Siblings of children with ADHD may face the mixed feelings of love and jealousy toward their ADHD sibling because of feeling that their parents pay less attention to them, that their success is not recognized, or getting blamed if the sibling misbehaves. Be compassionate and understanding towards your non-ADHD children. Sit with them one by one and let them know you appreciate their efforts and understand that it is challenging to deal with their ADHD sibling. Teach them techniques to deal with their ADHD sibling’s challenging behaviors.
Tips for the parents:
Children with ADHD display behaviors that could disturb the family life. The care of an ADHD child is very challenging and may bring physical, emotional and metal exhaustion, and frustration. The whole family, particularly parents, should try to create caring, loving, positive and passionate environment for the wellbeing of the child. It is best to follow routines, use timers for homework or transitional time, and keep the house clean and organized.
Parents need to portray strong role models for their ADHD child. They should avoid being overtired and must maintain a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, parents must pay close attention to their diet, sleep, and rest. Having morning meditation and daily exercise can further help with their wellbeing. Parents should seek help and take breaks when feeling exhausted. Joining support groups and other parents who have ADHD children can be very comforting.