Around 5% of children suffer from ADD/ADHD, or attention deficit disorder. And, it can lead to an awkward time for kids of a certain age. They might have problems in learning environments, for example, or stop them from getting on with other children.
The trouble is, of course, that it can be difficult to differentiate. There’s not much difference between youthful exuberance many children display, and ADHD symptoms. Another important point is that there are a lot of myths about kids with ADD/ADHD. And in this post, we’re going to take a closer look at them.
All ADD/ADHD kids are hyperactive
While hyperactivity is common in children with the condition, it isn’t the case for all of them. Some can be inattentive and find it hard to concentrate, and show motivational issues while being quiet. It’s also important to understand that not every hyperactive child has ADHD. There are a few reasons for hyperactivity, and the two are not joined at the hip.
ADD/ADHD kids need medication
Some children will respond well to medication. Ritalin, for example, is a nootropic that is often prescribed for children with the disorder. However, it’s not a best fit for everyone. And, there is some anecdotal evidence that Ritalin isn’t even one of the best nootropics. So, there is still plenty of debate over how this relatively modern condition is best managed. There are lots of other areas to look at, too, including diet, education and behavior therapy. Which is best? No-one knows – yet.
Children with ADD/ADHD are inattentive
Kids with the condition are perfectly capable of paying attention to the things in their life that they enjoy. However, when it comes to repetitive or dull tasks, they tend to struggle with their concentration. It’s not that they don’t want to, either. They will try their hardest to keep their focus, but it just won’t work for them. It’s important for parents to understand this when it comes to schooling.
ADD/ADHD kids are poorly behaved
Moving on from the previous point, children with ADD/ADHD can try hard to be good for parents and teachers. But, the fact that they find it hard to sit still or concentrate on tasks is often put down to disobedience. It’s important to understand that they aren’t playing up on purpose – most of the time, at least.
They will grow out of the condition
In the vast majority of cases, ADD/ADHD can run into adulthood. It won’t be something that your child will grow out of. While this can be scary to take on board, you should also know that symptoms can be managed with robust treatment. And, that those symptoms can also fade as they grow older. The condition itself, however, can always be around.
Does your child have ADHD? We would be keen to hear from you if so! How do you and your kids deal with the condition, and do you have any tips to help others? Let us know in the comments below and share your experience!