Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is a common brain disorder that’s associated with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The ratios of these symptoms differ from a person to another. Many parents of ADHD children panic and feel clueless about the best way to deal with them. Here are some facts that you might not know about ADHD, that will help you, as a parent, better understand ADHD and see a different side of your little one.
Children who are diagnosed with ADHD are found to be more creative than their peers, simply because they usually rebel against routines and are out-of-the-box thinkers. A study that was conducted in 2011 showed that people with ADHD achieve higher scores in creativity. This has nothing to do with the fact that they are more likely to score less when it comes to school performance since they need an education system that caters to their needs.
There are upsides for being an adult with ADHD, as they are highly creative and very successful at their work if they do something they love and are passionate about. They are more likely to succeed in fields that depend on creativity with no fixed routine. That is why, as a parent, you should focus on the skills of your child and observe what they are passionate about and how creative they are, and encourage as well as assist them to improve their skills.
According to WebMD, there is no known cause for ADHD. Therefore, there’s no established evidence that consuming food that contains sugar or artificial additives contributes to the causation of ADHD, neither do dietary changes contribute to its treatment.
Based on the previous point, which is the absence of certain causes for ADHD, therefore the prevention of ADHD is not really possible. However, early detection and a treatment plan, as well as an educational one, will be of great help to your little one. ADHD is a brain-based disorder, thus, forcing the child to exert more effort to be able to focus or stay still is by no means the solution.
There are neither blood tests nor brain scans that can provide an indication of whether a child has ADHD or not. ADHD diagnosis is based on close behavioral observation of the child while considering the child’s family history and school feedback. That being said, not every child that’s perceived as “hyperactive” actually has ADHD.
Further reading: How to Spot Series: ADHD