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How ADHD Can Affect Childhood

ADHD Childhood
Nancy
Written by Nancy

Children, by nature, are loud, playful, rowdy and impulsive. They’re young and active and have an insatiable desire to explore anything and everything they see. There’s absolutely no way they’ll ever say no to adventure; that’s how most of us remember our childhood.

Even though our memory of childhood is decorated with little tricks and mischief, not everyone experiences childhood the same way. Parents may complain about being frustrated with their child, but nothing compares to the confusion that’s going on in the mind of a child with ADHD.

It’s normal for children to be energetic for things that excite them and forgetful about chores they don’t want to do. But having difficulty focusing on what’s being said to them and facing consistent memory loss are signs of something bigger.

Learning about ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that intensifies traits we normally see in children. Some symptoms of ADHD are particularly disruptive and chronic, which makes life a struggle for children that have ADHD.

They struggle with behavioral complaints and academic issues at school because of their hyperactivity and lack of focus. Such problems may exist for other children of the same age as well but they’re not as persistent and pervasive as in children with ADHD.

Only when the symptoms are observed for 6 months in a lap, can a child be diagnosed with ADHD. Once children on the spectrum are diagnosed, it gets easier to help them through school and offer the help they need.

However, not all children with ADHD can be categorized under one umbrella. There are those who are highly extroverted and popular among their peers. For some, their ADHD doesn’t come in the way of their success and social life. However, others struggle to cope with their condition, and are isolated and rejected repeatedly.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Life with ADHD

A child with ADHD can’t necessarily understand or feel the emotions we might feel for them. For instance, we might feel sorry for a child who’s ostracized from their social circle because of the things they say or do. But for them, it’s a vicious spiral of disconnected thoughts and confusion that doesn’t lead anywhere. Comprehending the situation is itself a struggle for them; let alone coming up with a socially acceptable reaction to it.

They’re mostly governed by an impulse to lose control and experience restlessness that drains them of all energy. This can lead to immense frustration when they’re unable to make sense of stimuli around them and cues that their body gives them. This is why they tend to identify themselves with the derogatory names they’re called at school, gatherings and in public spaces. They begin seeing themselves as ‘lazy,’ ‘dumb,’ or ‘bad’ and begin internalizing these negative labels that destroy their self-esteem and confidence.

The Struggle to Cope

Helping the child understand why they may be behaving a certain way and simplifying their condition for them can be empowering. It’s important for them to understand simple emotions, such as anger or sadness and identify what they think, say, or do when they experience them. This will help them view their situation objectively and reduce their frustration.

Brain Changer offers an excellent aid for people with ADHD. The Concentrainer Headband helps reduce disruptive symptoms of ADHD in children and adults. It’s a non-pharmaceutical ADHD therapy method for children and a promising tool for recovery. If you’re looking for treatment methods for ADHD, give it a try!

About the author

Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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