Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children & teens and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children.
Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable to control their impulses, or they may have trouble paying attention.
It is a disorder in which the brain’s neurotransmitter chemicals, noradrenalin and dopamine do not work properly.
It is a disorder that, without proper identification, treatment and management, can have serious and long lasting consequences and/or complications for an individual.
It is important to note that ADHD is a very treatable condition. If diagnosed and properly treated, people with ADHD can reach their potential and lead happy, successful lives.
I don’t like writing about ADHD, mainly because of all the backlash that comes with ADHD.
I don’t like talking about ADHD either, for the same reasons.
I always and I mean always have to debate ADHD as soon as it comes out of my mouth.
It’s ADHD awareness month.
Let me share with you what ADHD means to me, my family and most importantly my young son.
ADHD takes over when his eyes won’t shut and let him sleep,
ADHD takes over when his brain refuses to quieten,
ADHD takes over when an idea gets stuck on a loop,
ADHD takes over when this idea has to become a reality,
ADHD encourages those little ideas where safety isn’t a priority,
ADHD encourages one to speak regardless of interrupting a private conversation,
ADHD encourages those little feet to run, those hands to fidget too,
ADHD encourages those little white lies which we can spot on top of that small nose.
ADHD brings out the brightness, loudness and energy,
ADHD brings out the spontaneity, we all wish we had,
ADHD brings out forgiveness, the charm and honesty (often brutal!) too,
ADHD brings out the adventurer, we all wish we could be.
ADHD makes up a part of my son; that’s a statement not a question to be debated.
ADHD is very real to our family.
ADHD can cause arguments, destructive behaviour and often unreasonable reasoning.
ADHD is indeed very real when our child can’t concentrate on what the teacher is saying because they have used long sentences or he has been sitting too long, or there’s a light flickering outside…
ADHD isn’t equal to bold, spoiled or bad parenting.
ADHD is real.
ADHD makes up a part of my wonderful, smart, funny, goofball son; that’s a statement not a question which is open to debate.
This was originally published over on Firefly