Our children aren’t trying to provoke us..
They are struggling with an executive function challenge. It’s normal for a child with ADHD to be inconsistent. Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC, has tips for parents to help their children with ADHD to better manage their behavior. Watch the short video “What are the challenges of parenting a child or children with ADHD?”
Both have value in the treatment of ADHD.
Medications and non-medication, often lifestyle, approaches have their roles to play in a treatment plan for ADHD. Often, the two approaches support one another, making each more affective. Samuele Cortese, MD, PhD discusses the roles of both. Watch the short video “Which is better for treating ADHD? Medicate or not?”
Symptoms to Look For and Steps to Take
Many parents, and aunts and uncles, will begin to look at their own life’s history when their child has been diagnosed with ADHD. They recognize the symptoms of ADHD have been present in their own lives and may be the cause of some of their experiences and struggles. It’s common for parents and family members to seek their own evaluation when a child is first diagnosed with ADHD. J. Faye Dixon, PhD gives some pointers. Watch the short video “My Child Has ADHD. Could I Have It, Too?”
Have I always been this way?
What are some of the symptoms and characteristics you should be aware of when considering that you might have ADHD? And what should you do if you think you have the disorder? Dr. J. Faye Dixon discusses the first steps in getting a diagnosis. Watch the short video “What are some things adults can do if they think they may have ADHD?”
ADHD is not a simple disorder.
While we need to keep in mind co-occurring conditions, we need to also focus and building on a person’s strengths. Keeping our strengths in mind gives us a foundation for growth beyond the struggles presented by ADHD and co-occurring conditions. Dr. Thomas E. Brown has suggestions. Watch the short video “How can people balance attention to strengths as well as relative challenges?”
Why An ADHD Diagnosis Sometimes Comes Later
Not everyone receives ADHD as a diagnosis in child, often because they don’t display the symptoms of the hyperactive presentation. J. Faye Dixon, PhD, says when difficulties arise later, as a young adult or in adulthood, individuals and their medical professionals take a second look and find the underlying ADHD has been the cause of their struggles. Watch the short video “Under what circumstances can an ADHD diagnosis be missed?”
ADHD can put a strains on the relationship between parent and child.
But you have the ability to nurture that relationship to a strong and healthy one. Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC, shares with parents what they can do to protect their relationship with their children. Watch the short video “How do you protect the relationship with a child who has ADHD?”
It’s common for young adult children to live with their parents…
Even when not living at home, many young adults still need their parents’ support. How can you support your young adult as in healthy and positive ways? Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC, offers some tips for helping families during this stage of life. Watch the short video “How can I build a healthy relationship and support my emerging adult?”
Having a second condition, or a co-occurring disorder, with ADHD is very common.
Dr. Thomas E. Brown shares how common this is and why it’s necessary to address both ADHD and the co-occurring condition to help the person begin to experience relief. Knowing what co-occurring conditions a person may have helps the clinician to form a more effective treatment plan. Watch the short video “What are the most common co-occurring diagnoses/conditions in adults?”
Structures can work… until they don’t.
Dr. J. Faye Dixon talks about how the gap between the demands of life and one’s coping skills can cause a person to recognize their ADHD – in their 20s, 30s, 40s and older. Watch the short video “Why is ADHD not diagnosed until adulthood in some people?”