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Living with ADHD - A Daily Challenge

Living with ADHD - A Daily Challenge

ADHD Within Life

Due to the typical symptoms, ADHD not only affects the lives of the affected children but also that of their parents, siblings, friends, and teachers.

Despite the best efforts, a child with ADHD can find it difficult to behave as expected. Since children with ADHD tend to be particularly impulsive, they struggle to be in social contact. They quickly get frustrated and get annoyed.

 

The influence of ADHD on friendships and relationships.

Often, parents turn to pediatricians, psychiatrists, or psychologists if their child has problems in contact with others because of their ADHD symptoms. The impulsivity and self-centeredness can be problematic in relationships with others, especially in adolescence.

Adolescents with ADHD often have deficits in social contact and have difficulty communicating appropriately. Thus, they often create incomprehension with their counterpart, because their body language and facial expression are not always easy to interpret for others.

In childhood, distractibility, impulsivity, hypersensitivity, overreaction, individualism, and a lack of self-control can interfere with learning social skills. Children with ADHD can not capture certain details of social interaction that are helpful in acquiring these skills. In addition, as adolescents, they often experience forms of isolation or rejection due to symptoms such as Eg selfishness, negligence or indifference. These problems are usually due to late diagnosis.

Even low self-esteem (a common result of ADHD) can cause problems in contact with others. Many ADHD sufferers already know the break-up of friendships as well as the difficulties in living together with parents and siblings.

Which symptoms burden social contacts especially?

Lack of communication

Lack of ability to communicate has a disruptive effect on the development of healthy communication with others. Without them being aware, children and adolescents with ADHD often lack the important ability to communicate appropriately. The development of this ability in infancy is therefore enormously important, which in turn requires an early diagnosis.

Emotional sensitivity and overreaction

Children and adolescents with ADHD are particularly vulnerable and are quickly annoyed, even on the smallest changes in their environment they can react both emotionally and physically instinctively. The emotional world of people with ADHD differs from that of others. Handling and understanding this can be a big challenge for your fellow human beings.

Impulsiveness

Not thinking about the consequences before acting can also have a massive impact on relationships with others.

Staying power

If someone has problems organizing themselves or remembering things, conflicts can arise that permanently negatively affect contacts with others. Forgetfulness and a lack of organizational ability can lead, among other things, to the loss of keys or the neglect of household responsibilities.

This leads to lack of trust and disappointment among the other family members, perhaps also to feelings of anger and discrimination. Getting advice and support for the family here can help everyone, not just your child, who is affected by ADHD.

What does that mean in detail?

ADHD has a strong impact on almost all areas of personal life, including contacts with other children and adults. Due to their impulsive behavior, the affected children are often hostile and destructive. They feel angry about stressful situations and are very frustrated. Often they lack the ability to see immediately and then show no sense of guilt.

Although the effects of this often uncontrolled behavior vary from child to child, parents of affected children often observe the following:

  • Your children have not invited my classmates to specific activities such as birthday parties.
  • Their children are excluded from class or out-of-school activities because they did not abide by the rules.
  • Your children have difficulty making close friendships with other children.

These effects can put a heavy strain on children and parents. Let us advise you on how to support your child when they feel rejected by others.

As the child grows, ADHD affects z. B. also on the first sexual experiences. Adolescents with ADHD are often younger than average in their first sexual experiences and often have an above-average number of partners because of their tendency to be impulsive. As a result, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancies occur more frequently in adolescents with ADHD under the age of 20 years.

That is why it is important that you talk with your growing child in good time about appropriate methods of contraception and ways to protect yourself.

Talk openly to your child about how he interacts with others, sensitize them to the consequences of their behavior and help them with grief and worry. This makes it easier for you and your child to cope better with the effects of the disease.

The influence of ADHD on school performance

If your child's academic performance is not as good as you wish, you may worry about your child's future career. You should be aware that many testing procedures are not suitable for children with ADHD. The results are not always meaningful, as children with ADHD are sometimes considered to be under-performing, regardless of their intelligence, skills, and expertise.

 

Many children and adolescents with ADHD have trouble understanding instructions, keeping what they have learned, and taking others into consideration. It's hard for you to sit still and often you can not control your impulsive behavior. This leads to unfavorable patterns of behavior and the affected children find it difficult to meet the school's requirements.

The most common problems of children with ADHD in the classroom are:

  • Difficulty reading and calculating
  • Problems with repetitive exercises
  • Exclusion due to misconduct
  • Failure during class work
  • Need for homework assistance, tutoring and remedial education (four-to-one
  • five times more common than in children without ADHD)

How to help your child at school:

  • Recognize ADHD as early as possible to reduce the associated complications
  • Educate teachers about the condition so that they can support ADHD treatment at school,
  • Speak openly with the teachers and involve them in the observation of symptoms and treatment strategies to manage the effects of everyday school life, monthly consultation with the teachers.

What does ADHD mean for parents?

At times it can be very stressful to educate a child with ADHD. The affected parents are often frustrated. Although all parents are required to accompany their children well, especially children with ADHD put the patience of their parents to a severe test. Setting limits and sticking to consistent education can cost a lot of energy. You may feel overwhelmed sometimes. Worries and doubts can affect one's self-esteem. This burden often leads to tensions and quarrels with the partner, so, unfortunately, in families with a child affected by ADHD separations and divorces are not uncommon. The stress experienced by parents can also lead to an increased incidence of mental illness such as depression or alcohol abuse.

Get Help: There are many counseling centers and support groups for parents whose child is affected by ADHD. Here you can talk to other stakeholders, get valuable tips and understand your situation. More information can be found under "Help and support for affected families".

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