ADHD is of
special interest to me because I myself as an adult have it as well as
my second child. Many people have gone through life not knowing
"why" they felt different than everybody else. It is
challenging to have a child with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD). There is help out there for adults with ADHD and
their children. Having this myself, it is easy for me to
understand my child's inability to control his impulsiveness and
hyperactivity. The quest for knowledge will eliminate many of the
fears and unknowns about this disorder. This month's article is
dedicated to ADHD and all the controversy surrounding this issue as
drug or not to drug is of special interest to me because I had been
told a thousand times not to give ritalin to my child. After these
well-wishers have spent a few hours with my child, they themselves were
reaching for the bottle for relief. I only wish I could of had
this option as a child myself, I had no control over some of my actions.
information on ADD, please visit Attention-Deficit
Disorder a site dedicated to this disorder.
The DSM IV
definition of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is:
- A. Either
(1) or (2)
- (1) six (or
more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at
least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with
- (2) six (or
more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have
persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and
inconsistent with developmental level:
- B. Some
hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment
were present before age 7 years.
- C. Some
impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings
(e.g. at school [or work] and at home).
- D. There
must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in
social, academic, or occupational functioning.
- E. The
symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a Pervasive
Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder
and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g.
Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a
Does It Feel Like To Have ADHD?
ADHD is like being put into a dark room with things scattered around
to trip you. You don't get a flashlight.....but everyone else does.
You trip around the room, bumping into things, until you finally learn
the layout of the room. Then someone moves you to a new room, and the
process starts again.
It's like having a whirlwind in your mind. Everything seems to be
blowing around and nothing stays put. Some people have compared the
feeling to watching someone change the channels on the TV every few
seconds. You can get a general idea of what is going on, but you miss
most of the content.
with ADHD tend to be socially blind. They may miss rules and
structures which other people see much more readily.
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