Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, abbreviated as ADHD, is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in our country. Despite this, most Indian parents have trouble understanding the condition and its manifestations. Even those who have heard of it, simply think of ADHD as a condition in which the child can’t sit still, although that would be an oversimplification to say the least. In fact, kids diagnosed with ADHD face serious problems in interpersonal relationships and academic performance, largely because of prevailing misconceptions and a lack of awareness in parents.
So What Exactly Is ADHD?
“ADHD is a behavioral disorder in which the child has problems with inattention and hyperactivity, possibly involving daydreaming, restlessness, and talking excessively”
ADHD is a disorder of the brain that makes it extremely difficult for children to control their behavior. Problems start to surface in young children during their preschool or kindergarten years, as the condition affects their behavior in specific ways. Children with ADHD either struggle with inattention, hyperactivity, or both. They may have a hard time paying attention, daydream constantly, fidget, talk too much, and/or frequently lose things and forget details.
Raising A Child With ADHD
“Parents need to adapt their parenting style to meet the child’s need, using positive parenting techniques, as punishment can actually prove to be counterproductive”
Sadly, most parents find it hard to accept the reality of psychological problems in their own kids, and in other cases too, many simply think of it as merely a problem with poor attention and hyperactivity. However, there are plenty of other symptoms that often go unrecognized, such as the tendency to be obstinate, very low tolerance of boredom and frustration, trouble with authority, and a love for excitement and danger.
To raise a child with ADHD, it is of the utmost importance to adapt your style of parenting to meet the needs of your child, as the condition behavior and responses. For instance, parents should realize that for a child with ADHD, rewards work much better than punishment. In fact, punishment actually proves to be unsuccessful more often than not because of the tendency of a child with ADHD to defy orders. Instead, using rewards to reinforce positive behavior greatly reduces the frequency of negative behaviors. Also, as an alternative to focusing on the limitations this condition poses, parents should encourage the child to work on his strengths, abilities, and areas of interest.
The Bright Side
“Children with ADHD often grow up to be entrepreneurs, entertainers, and visionaries, given their gift of out-of-the-box thinking”
If diagnosed at an early age and managed correctly, this disorder can actually prove to be a blessing in disguise. Children with ADHD can grow up to be entrepreneurs, entertainers and visionaries, given their gift of out-of-the-box thinking. As a parent, you can rest assured that ADHD will not threaten your child’s professional or personal life, as the condition can be effectively treated with therapy, mindfulness training and medication; it can actually be a catalyst for personal happiness and professional success!
Just remember, that the worst thing you can do as a parent would be to deny or ignore the existence of a disorder like ADHD, as it would mean that you are effectively denying your child treatment and the opportunity for a normal life.
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