As a parent, having a child with ADD or ADHD can be a scary concept. You may not understand what either really is, or you might not know how to handle it. There are many who think that children with ADD or ADHD are “sufferers” and this does not need to be the case.
As with any condition there are ways in which to control or manage the symptoms, and you can expect for your child to live a perfectly happy, balanced and normal life. Forget all the horror stories you hear about development and learning progress with children that have ADD and ADHD, and take the time to realise that there is a lot you CAN do to help your child lead a normal and happy life.
If you are at this point of doing research then you are lucky! Many adults might not recognise the symptoms of ADD and ADHD and simply think their child is being lazy or rebelling. Before we get into possible treatments for these conditions, let’s simplify the difference between the two:
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – this is a condition where children are inattentive as well as hyperactive, disruptive to other students and impulsive.
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) – this is a condition where children are distracted and unable to pay attention for long periods of time. While this is similar to ADHD those who have it are not as disruptive or impulsive behaviour.
It is important to remember that there are ways in which you can help your child to deal with his or her ADD or ADHD. Keeping a positive attitude and exploring the various options available to you is the best way to help your child and you will find that many professionals in the field of treatments of this condition will be willing to work with you to find a solution that works specifically for your child.