In the last decade, there has been great emphasis placed on the complications and treatments associated with children suffering from ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. With advances in pharmaceutical technology, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, many children suffering from ADD and ADHD, are realizing significant improvements in academics as well as social interactions at school and at home. Unfortunately, several decades ago, the identification and treatment of ADD in children was not widely accepted or recognized. As a result, in today’s society, there are many parents who struggle, on a daily basis, with their own misdiagnosed complications of Attention Deficit Disorder.
For parents suffering with untreated ADD, life, in general can be quite complex without the addition children into the mix. When children come into the life of an ADD adult, the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are often magnified and complicated. As a parent suffering with ADD, it is crucial to recognize when treatment may be necessary and to seek out the appropriate treatment options for adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. For many parents, this may not necessarily involve the use of prescription medications and may, instead, involve the intervention of a life planning coach to assist in a variety of useful tools to aide the ADD parent in organizing daily living activities.
One of the first crucial steps an ADD parent can implement in the home is to organize daily activities into a sort of step by step program. Compartmentalizing activities into time slots will work to ensure important appointments, dates and activities are not forgotten or overlooked. For both the ADD parent, as well as the ADD child, organization and maintaining a consistent program, each day, will provide for success.
Beyond organization, the ADD parent should also be taught to recognize the impact their own Attention Deficit Disorder may have on the development of children, especially those who are not suffering from ADD symptoms. While scientific research has found most non-ADD children, born to ADD parents, will demonstrate two different extreme behaviors: behavioral complications associated with a never ending quest to grab the attention of a child or the child may be rather shy and timid, lacking in social skills, as if to take a “back seat” approach to life while the ADD parent is moving impulsively around them.
While many ADD parents establish great relationships with children, it is the children, even when not suffering with Attention Deficit Disorder, who may suffer from complicated social skills when an ADD parent fails to provide solid and practical social education. In other words, if the non-ADD child learns only a communication and adaptive process through interaction with an ADD parent, this child may find great difficulty in social networks outside of the home.
As with any Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis, parents with ADD most commonly suffer the greatest in society due to the failed diagnosis of their own condition as children. When suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, as a parent, consider consulting a psychologist who specializes in adult ADD treatment programs. In doing so, not only will the life of the ADD parent improve through improved control in daily living, but also improve the social interaction of their own children.