Stress Management

Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Long before anyone knew what ADHD was, I was living with it. Both of my brothers had it, but they were just considered ‘bad kids’ and my mother was told to keep them in line. Years later, my youngest brother was diagnosed with this condition, and suddenly everything my mother had gone through seemed to now have an answer. Though it seems there are many cases where children are diagnosed with this who aren’t really ADHD, there are many children who have to deal with it on a daily basis. If you suspect something like this in your child, you have to find information on ADHD and then visit your doctor.

Some children are just naturally hyper, but do not have ADHD. Some children are just naturally more active and defiant, but this does not mean they have this condition. Many teachers who are simply overwhelmed like to slap the ADHD label on children when in fact they just have classrooms that are too large, and not enough help with the children. The most important reason you should gather information on ADHD before visiting your doctor is so that you have knowledge when you take your child in. Not all doctors are correct, and if you aren’t happy with the diagnosis, having information on ADHD procedures and tests will help you decide if you need a second opinion.

Information on ADHD is everywhere, so you have to sift through the piles and piles of information. Look for the most reliable sources when searching, and remember that not all information on ADHD you find will be completely accurate or up to date. You may want to look in a bookstore or in a library for information, as well as reputable sites on the Internet. If you find a support group for parents of children with this condition, they may tell you the best and most reliable sources of information on ADHD.

If you find out your child does indeed have ADHD, you might want to join a support group like the one you may have found on the Internet. You will need more information on ADHD to know how to proceed. There are prescription medicines your child can take, but many parents do not like how these affect their children. The more information you get on ADHD, the more power you have to make the right decision on how to help you child deal with what they are going through.