Let us take one step at a time. Or we could talk about baby steps because that is what life is all about. Read this article to make sure you are on the right track if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD. Get these five steps right and you can start crossing them off your list.
Step 1. Be aware of the limits of an ADHD diagnosis
If we think about the fact that lots of ADHD is overdiagnosed, then we need to plan a little action for this step. Are we sure that all the other illnesses which mimic ADHD have all been ruled out during the whole diagnosis process?Â It is great if you can be aware of these before you actually go.
The other ones to be ruled out should include:-
- side effects of meds
- learning disabilities
- hearing loss
- mild autism
As there are over fifty of them, it would make a long list. Ask your doctor or specialist to ensure that the most common ones are ruled out before jumping to any conclusions.
Step 2. Be aware of the co-morbid disorders
ADHD is not a loner in that about 50% of the cases diagnosed also have a co-morbid disorder. These can range from tics such as Touretteâs, co-ordination problems in riding bikes, balancing and so on, to anger issues where rage can last for up to 30 minutes.
The more difficult ones are the OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) where ritualistic behavior becomes obsessive as regards tidiness and so on. Then there is ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder). This is the most common co-morbid disorder as estimates say that up to 40% of kids with ADHD have this.
You may be confronted with this type of angry, aggressive and defiant behavior within the first two years of an ADHD diagnosis. It seems that this defiance is directed towards the parents and teachers and any other figures of authority. As regards ODD treatment, parents need to be aware of behavior therapy and treatment needs to start with them as they are the ones must likely to give in to aggression and violence.
Step 3. Confront problem behavior…