Attention Deficit Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD, is sometimes thought to be an epidemic among today’s children. Actually only occurring in 3% to 5% of children, ADD can be a difficult disorder for children and parents to deal with.
For years, physicians and specialists have been unable to supply an exact cause of ADD only that it is a disorder that is represented by symptoms of inattention, impulsive behavior, and sometimes hyperactivity. However, in the last few years, more doctors are looking to neurological issues as being a possible cause. More information on this is provided in ebook 2 of “Attention Deficit Disorder Explained From Child to Adult”.
The primary misconception regarding ADD is that it does not actually exist; it is the result of parents wanting to drug their children instead of dealing with them. The truth is, however, that a child with ADD exhibits much more than common childhood activeness. With ADD, the key is “excessive” behavior excessive inattention, excessive impulsiveness, and excessive hyperactivity. Although most children will display a small amount of each of these characteristics, when they become extreme and hamper everyday tasks, they become a problem. This is where treatment becomes necessary for the child to perform common responsibilities, such as schoolwork, without the distractions of ADD.
From a child’s point of view, ADD can be very frustrating. Although they want to be good and control themselves, they are easily pulled off task by every little noise and interruption. As parents, you may perceive the environment as being quiet and calm; however, to a child suffering from ADD, they will hear cars drive by, dogs bark, and neighbors playing in their yards, to the point of absolute disruption. While we may be able to tune these things out unconsciously, ADD creates a funnel, sending these distractions straight to your child.
The important thing in dealing with ADD is to acknowledge your child’s behavior is not always a conscious decision. At times, they will bolt from their seat or become disorderly; however, this is the ADD acting, not your child. They will need you to be understanding and loving, instead of harsh and judgmental. It is our responsibility as parents to guide our children through life; you can not guide if you sit on a pedestal, constantly reprimanding those beneath you. To ensure your child grows with good self-esteem and a positive self-image, you should refrain from being overly negative and callous. We have all heard the saying, “love the sinner, hate the sin.” Religion aside, this should be the frame of mind in dealing with a child with ADD the child needs your love, the actions caused from ADD are the problem.