Myths on ADHD
MYTHS ON ADHD
Every time I wait in the bank for my transaction, I usually read the daily spreadsheet available, especially the Philippine Daily Inquirer. I always picked up the Life Style pages ranging from Wellness, Arts and Books, Home and Entertaining, Parenting and last, the Editorial and Business Section, if I’m not yet called. This one catches my attention and interest, Bashing Some Myths on ADHD.
When do parents suspect that their child might have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)? A premier health institution here, the Makati Medical Centers reveals top ADHD related myths.
ADHD is a biologically based illness. According the head of MMC section of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, “It’s a result of an imbalance of chemical messengers within the brain, which causes symptoms such as inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.”
It is usual for parents to just ignore the symptoms of ADHD considering it as ordinary thing to be outgrown. When left untreated, the disorder cross-over to adulthood. Children diagnosed with ADHD on a long delay suffered the repercussions. She explains, “Adults with ADHD may face career problems, legal and financial difficulties and disturbed personal relationships.” Ms. Reyes admonishes, “These individuals also become susceptible to anxieties, depression and substances abuse.”
Bad parenting is another myth that causes ADHD and as a result, parents believe that they should enforce rigid discipline. The main problem is rooted in the brain chemistry and not in the deficient parental guidance. “It’s because the child can not manage his impulsive thinking and actions.” Punishing and penalizing your child for things he cannot control can actually worsen the condition.
In contrast to the famous belief, children with ADHD actually have the focus ability intensely, on their specific interest. While a productive result and even an expertise in these tasks, however, the other side of the coin is that they tend to ignore obligations that they don’t like.
Remember that hyperactivity is NOT the only expression of ADHD. “The disorder subsists in three types – predominantly inattentive type, the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type and the mixed type, which is a combination of inattentive and hyper-impulsive symptoms,” Ms. Reyes claimed. “Those with hyper-impulsive or mixed ADHD maybe nervous and restless, but children with inattentive ADHD are not.”
The good tiding is that ADHD is not for life condemnation. With a proper support and treatment, a child will learn to cope with his situation better. Reyes assures that ADHD patients who are well taken care of turn-out to be more energetic and creative and often fulfill and achieve things more than people who do not have the disorder.
In fact, ADHD does not affect intellectual ability. Finally, while there is no said cure to the ailment, treatments are there to help manage the ADHD symptoms, giving the patient role the chance to enjoy a good quality of life. With the exact and timely intercession, ADHD children will be able to regulate, focus and improve their behavior.
Now I have to do another transaction to my bank and return this valuable newspaper and read another new daily subscription.
Reference: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle Dec.14, 2011 ppD3
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