My son was a middle child even before he became a middle child—always needy for attention, a bit on the rambunctious side, and always getting in the middle of everything. All of my friends and family would exclaim, “Wow! He is so smart! Already a little scientist exploring the world: climbing, getting dirty, testing his strength by knocking things down.” And they were right. He is so smart…but I knew inside that this was more than just testing limits and being curious. My gut told me there was something different about the way he interacted with others. And as he grew, I also knew it had nothing to do with being the middle child.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a diagnosis given to individuals who show distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness or hyperactivity at an intensity that disrupts everyday functioning. Dr. Edward Hallowell, a well-known author, psychiatrist, and individual with ADHD describes it this way: “Having ADHD is like having a powerful race car for a brain, but with bicycle brakes. Treating ADHD is like strengthening your brakes—so you start to win races in your life.” It is often treated with ADHD medications for children, like Adderall. That said, treating a child with powerful medications can be scary to many moms, which I totally get. So here are some insights to consider as you weigh the options—hopefully it will shed some light on what it means to get a grip on this challenging condition.
1. It Feels Good to Feel Good
After four days of being on ADHD medication, Saturday rolled around. I asked my son if he wanted to take it on the weekends—many parents and kids choose to only take ADHD meds when focusing is absolutely necessary, such as school days. His answer, “Of course, Mami. I feel so much better when I am taking my pill.” Straight from the mouth of babes.
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