ADHD just very well might be the wrong name for one of the most common childhood disorders of our recent time. In fact, one of the most well-known research psychologists in the field openly admits that ADHD does not properly characterize with what our children are truly struggling with the most.
What if, it was not all about:
- And everything else we "know" about ADHD
I am not going to sit here and tell you that these issues are not important, but I am going to ask you to reconsider how how you understand ADHD.
Think about what your child struggles with the most. Does he struggle more with getting work done or does he struggle more with following directions?
What if your child wanted to follow directions, but something was missing between their intentions or desires and their action to actually follow through?
What is often not spoken about in most ADHD circles is the fact that children who struggle with symptoms of the disorder end up being emotionally and physically exhausted.
One person with ADHD suggested to me that he spent more time trying to manage his emotions and his response to certain events, than anything else. In fact, that's one of the benefits many children with ADHD find from using medication.
The medication does not necessarily relieve the symptoms, but it helps them attend to focusing on tasks rather than spending energy trying to manage their emotions in addition to the tasks asked of them.
Imagine for a moment how effective you are and can be when your mind is distracted by an emotional response to a situation. How effective are you at completing your tasks or at finishing projects? How easily distracted are you?
Now I want you to imagine how physically exhausting it can feel after you have resolved this emotional overload.
Now imagine that this is a cycle your child faces several times a day, while trying to cope with ADHD.
Source by Rory Stern
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