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Being a Parent of an ADHD Child

being parent of adhd childRoughly five to eight percent of school age children are said to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, otherwise known as ADHD or ADD. With ADHD/ADD affecting so many children it would be assumed treating and dealing with ADHD/ADD would be easy, but this is not often the case.

I am an educated individual, not a scientist mind you but educated nonetheless. Seven years ago I encountered something I knew nothing about and it's something I still am still learning about today. My name is Tamara, and my son has ADHD.

What Exactly Is ADHD/ADD?

In a nutshell, ADHD/ADD is an individual's inability to remain focused, and be subject to frequent bouts of impulsiveness and hyperactivity. The primary difference between ADHD and ADD is the hyperactivity component.

My son went for the whole package and got the all inclusive deal with the hyperactivity which has made the last seven years very interesting to say the least! Most challenging would be distinguishing between "normal" children's behavior and "not normal" children's behavior: it has not been easy.

How I Knew my Child Had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Children are supposed to be hyperactive, impulsive and sometimes, just downright out of control; it's their nature! However, when those traits affected my child's ability to perform daily tasks and succeeding at school, then I knew it was time to look deeper.

At first, our son seemed like any other boy his age but as he got older we noticed subtle differences between him and his peers. Once he entered school it became more obvious there was something getting in the way of his learning and development but it still took years before we figured it out and got him the help he needed.

How We Deal With Our Son's ADHD/ADD

There are no quick solutions, no perfect quick fix when it comes to dealing with ADHD/ADD, this much I have learned! We've listened to doctors, tried the pharmaceutical drugs, seen psychiatrists and tried a variety of natural alternative remedies. While some solutions worked, others made it worse and it has been seven years of ups and downs.

What I can convey is this: Dealing with ADHD/ADD takes time, understanding and a whole world of patience! I had to understand all I could about ADHD/ADD in order to understand how my son's mind works. He does not process things as I do, nor can he multi-task as I do. Simple tasks to me can be utterly inconceivable for him and while I can plan my entire week out, he is lucky to have the next 10 minutes figured out!

Some successful and not successful treatments we have tried:

  • Pharmaceutical Drugs: Strattera, Concerta, Adderall – Not successful
  • Behavior Modification: Using lists, rewards & consequences, following schedules – Very successful
  • Dietary Changes: Limiting sugar intake, eliminating cow's milk (soy instead), drinking lots of water and eating healthy snacks – Successful
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Consuming extra omega 3 oils – Not successful
  • Herbal supplements: Native Remedies – Very successful

Continuing to Parent Our ADHD/ADD Son

The challenges never seem to go away and each day appears to bring something new. As our son gets older his body chemistry changes and often we need to modify whatever treatments we are currently running with. The key is to always keep up to date with ADHD/ADD through support groups and research and try new solutions as they become available. Trying to understand ADHD/ADD has helped me understand our son a little better, which allows for better communication.

At the end of the day, he is still my son and still a good kid. I know he tries and all things considered, he has done a great job in expressing himself and trying to keep on track. Despite the frustrations of parenting an ADHD/ADD child it has also been very rewarding to see how working with my child and communicating with him has helped us reach the goals we all want.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

National Resource Center on AD|HD. "What is ADHD or ADD" (accessed September 9, 2010).

Natural Remedies That Worked to Help Treat ADHD:

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