Let’s start with the facts
There are different treatment options for your child. To find the right one it is best to work closely with the people involved in your child’s life. They can be the child’s doctor, therapist, teachers, coaches, family members, or family friends. Each person can let you know if they see any changes with your child and can help with your child’s success.
Medication can help children handle their ADHD symptoms in their everyday life. It can help them control the behaviors that cause issues with family, friends, and school. As the parent/caregiver it’s vital you share your concerns and questions with the child’s doctor so the best decision can be made.
Stimulants: This class of meds “stimulate” networks of nerve cells in the brain to work better with each other. It does this by raising dopamine, which plays a key role in thinking and attention. They are good at decreasing ADHD symptoms for most children.
Nonstimulants: Such meds are used if your child isn’t reacting well to stimulants. Or you as the parent opt for your child to use nonstimulants for other reasons. Each medication works differently, and its effects often take longer.
ADHD does make it hard for the child to focus, but it can impact bonds with family and other children. This can show up as disruptive responses. Therapy can help find and reduce these actions. Behavior therapy can involve:
As a parent or caregiver, you can help make a home that helps your child’s chance for success.
Learn about ADHD - Some helpful websites are listed on the right portion of this page. Also, as an HPSJ member you can call HealthReach 24/7 Advice Nurse Line800.655.8294 to listen to ADHD: 1250. To learn more you can visit here.
Get a comprehensive assessment - You can get a medical, educational and psychological evaluation for your child. This helps to consider other common disorders and rule them out.
Don’t waste your emotional energy on self-blame - ADHD is a disorder in certain parts of the brain and is passed down in most cases. Bad parenting or a chaotic home does NOT cause ADHD. Focus on what is working so you have the strength to point out what isn’t.
Ask for help - If you find yourself feeling drained, short tempered, or unhappy seeking help can do good for you and your child. As an HPSJ member you can call our partner, BEACON 1.888.581.7526. To learn more you can visit here.