Advice to Newly Diagnosed ADHD parents
What is ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental health disorder that can affect your child's success at school and their relationships. The symptoms of ADHD vary and are sometimes difficult to recognize. (Source: Kids Health)
ADHD the myth
The media and even some professionals insist that ADHD doesn’t exist which makes it very difficult for some families to share their child's diagnosis because they feel there is a real stigma attached to it and it doesn't help. However, it is a fact, and has been scientifically proven that the brain of a normal child compared to the brain of an ADHD child are very different. The fact that it is an invisible condition, which can be easily either overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, has contributed to this myth.
We asked Annie Clements from Autism & Adhd, what advice she would give newly diagnosed mums.
You are not alone, there is support available.
There is some amazing and very successful people with ADHD. There is a lot of negative language around ADHD kids, “sit still”, “don't do that”, “you are being naughty” that they are constantly hearing around them, not to mention the fact that some people still think it's a myth and not a medical issue. Your child will thrive with the right support!
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you can support your child but this is a slow process.
Take it one step at a time. Parents of kids with ADHD can feel really overwhelmed. Start with managing a couple of “good hours” a day. Then, progressively and with the right support and strategy in place, you will be able to have full “good days”. Breath, don't panic it's not the end of the world.
Find them an activity they enjoy
Find something that they get very excited about, things like gymnastics, running, swimming, cycling, non-team sports where they can shine in their own right. If you google ADHD olympians there are loads, because their parents found an opportunity to get them active and improve their self esteem at the same time.
It is not bad parenting!
It is not about bad parenting.Iis parenting an issue? Yes. But you have just been given the wrong information regarding what you are supposed to do. You need a new set of rules and information to help you to parent an ADHD child well.
Find someone to give you a break.
This could be family or friends. Perhaps find other other mums in a similar situation in your community and take it in turns to get breaks.
Thank you to Annie Clements from Autism & Adhd