How to Cope When Your Child Has ADHD
Parenting is a hard job, add in a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the job just got ten times harder. A diagnosis of ADD is extremely common today, eight out of every ten school aged boys have been diagnosed with some form of the disorder. The symptoms of ADHD can range anywhere from mild to severe, and behavioral issues and learning difficulties often accompany a diagnosis.
Coping with a child diagnosed with ADHD is often a challenge, and leaves many parents at wits end. Read on for a few suggestions on how you can cope when your child has ADHD.
First of all, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis. There are several other disorders that mimic ADHD in their symptoms, and it is important to determine that your child actually has ADHD.
This process usually involves a trip to your family doctor who will make note of your concerns and if necessary, schedule an appointment with a mental health professional to determine the final diagnosis.Your doctor will work closely with your mental health professional to provide a plan of care to help you and your child manage his or her ADHD. This often requires medication and behavioral therapy. Both of these professionals can offer a wealth of advice to help you cope with your child’s ADHD.
You may be directed to a community support group or an online community where you can seek advice and coping skills from other parents of children with ADHD. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or go to your health care providers with any concerns.
You will also work with your child’s teacher and school counselor to come up with a plan for your child to cope with ADHD during school hours. Reaching out to others who can offer guidance is an important part of coping with ADHD, you are not alone, there is help available.
As the parent of a child with ADD/ADHD, it is imperative that you make sure you take time to de-stress and recharge. Taking time for yourself to relax and regroup will help you be a more effective parent. Spend time with other parents whose children are diagnosed with ADHD to ask questions, and get support. Sometimes simply realizing that you’re not alone in your struggles can boost your spirits.
Don’t forget that your entire family needs coping skills to deal with your child’s ADHD. Brothers and sisters often don’t understand why a sibling is different. Family counseling can help everyone come together to work as a team to help your child.
Make sure that you take individual time with each child. Sometimes parents can get so caught up in ealing with a child with a problem that they neglect to consider the feelings of the other children in the family. Set aside time once a month for each child to have some one on one time with mom or dad. Use that time to address any issues or concerns your children may have.