Oftentimes, it is better to embrace the good traits in a child with ADD/ADHD. People with ADD/ADHD are often very creative. They are able to use their minds in a way that other people can’t. Children who are termed as lazy may be daydreaming about how to solve a particular problem. People with ADD/ADHD are often very good at solving problems.
It can be challenging for the parents and the teachers who interact with children with ADD/ADHD. It is important for the parents to communicate with the teachers about their children’s needs. The parents and teachers should work together on creating goals for the children to accomplish. Just as parents and teachers want the children to listen, it is important that the adults listen to the children, as well. When the parents and teachers listen to what is troubling the children the most, they can help to problem-solve for the child to pay better attention in class and at home.
Medications to treat ADD/ADHD
If medications are needed to treat ADD/ADHD, several types of psychostimulants are quite successful in treating the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Stimulants are helpful in treating children with ADD/ADHD because they have a calming effect in approximately 80 percent of children with the disorder. It is important to find the right drug and the right dosage to treat the child. It can be a trial and error process until the right drug is found to treat the child.
Some of the most common stimulant drugs to treat ADD/ADHD are:
Some of the most common non-stimulant drugs to treat ADD/ADHD are:
The drugs used to treat ADD/ADHD can have some side effects.
Some of the side effects of these drugs are:
It can be frustrating for the children and the parents when the children suffer from unpleasant side effects from medications. It isn’t likely, but it is still possible that stimulants used to treat ADD/ADHD could cause cardiac problems. Sudden death could result from the use of stimulants, if there is an underlying heart problem.
Due to the risks associated with many types of medications used to treat ADD/ADHD, some parents try to raise their children with alternative methods, rather than drugging them. As parents and teachers, we may have to look for the strong points in children with ADD/ADHD and build on them. Rather than forcing children to conform to a certain way of learning and behaving, it might be better to allow them to be spontaneous. Parents and teachers may have to learn to be a little more flexible with children with ADD/ADHD. When they are motivated, they can get a lot accomplished.
ADD/ADHD is predominately a children’s disorder, but adults can be affected with it also. Adults with ADHD often have problems in their relationships and problems at work due to their inability to focus and their hyperactivity. Oftentimes, peer pressure and rejection will cause an adult or child to become disruptive. These social factors can cause more problems with social and emotional development that could transcend childhood into the teen years and adulthood.
Many successful adults with ADD/ADHD have learned to harness the good things about their disorder and minimize the negative things. Oftentimes, it is the behavioral and social training they received in childhood that helps them to carry on through adulthood as a successful adult. ADD/ADHD doesn’t have to be a detriment to one’s life; it can also be an asset, depending on how one thinks of him/herself as a well-functioning human being.
Author’s note: This topic of ADD/ADHD is very special to me, because I lived with it as a child. At the time, a name wasn’t put to why I was lazy and couldn’t learn. I was labeled as borderline retarded and I was separated from my smarter classmates in the 8th grade and put in a section that was just above the special class.
I still find that I am smart in some things, and dumb as a rock in other things. It doesn’t mean I am dumb, like my teachers and peers thought I was. It only means that I have to work harder on subjects that aren’t of interest to me. I had problems in high school with every subject except science. My memory was nearly eidetic in science class. I didn’t even need to keep a notebook, but I kept one because it was required for part of the final grade. I didn’t do so well in English either; I passed, but just barely. It wasn’t until I went to nursing school that I realized I wasn’t dumb. I had found my niche.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that my doctor thought I might have had ADD (without the hyperactivity) as a child. Still, in my present life, if I am not interested in a subject, I can’t seem to grasp it. I have to work extra hard to understand things that don’t come natural to me.