ADHD and Depression in Children

Children as young as six years old are susceptible to depression.  It is estimated that nearly half of all children with ADHD will suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders.  Some statistics show up to 70 per cent of individuals with ADHD will at some point be treated for depression. That is an incredibly high figure.  Statistics also show that the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 15-24 years is suicide, with depression on the rise. Those are incredibly sad figures to read.  This post isn’t supposed to scare you, but rather to raise awareness for what some of…

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Top 5 Books on ADHD for Parents

There are so many books on how to parent our children with ADHD. I didn’t know quite where to start.  And with all the best intentions, I cannot find the time to read them all.  Having spoken to several parents and having read a fair few myself, I thought I would compile a list of my Top 5 Books on ADHD for Parents.  I’m sure everyone has their favourites!  This is also very dependent on the age of your child with ADHD, and their specific diagnosis.  Below are the books that came out top with parents who gave me their feedback. I…

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Inattentive ADHD in Children

Inattentive ADHD in children, previously termed ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), indicates that the child does not suffer from the hyperactivity side of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Many children go undiagnosed because they are not the 'stereotypical' ADHD child, buzzing around like Tigger. However, Inattentive ADHD is serious and debilitating, and, frustratingly, often overlooked. What is ADHD? There are three subtypes of ADHD: · Hyperactive and Impulsive · Inattentive (ADD) · Combined type ADHD ADHD is a neurological condition that varies in severity from child to child, often making ADHD diagnosis difficult. My son and daughter both have ADHD, but my daughter’s…

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ADHD in children and sleep problems

There is not one part of our body that does not benefit from sleep.  And it’s no surprise that importantly, our brain needs sleep to function correctly.  Lack of sleep not only impacts our physical but also our mental health... I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I love my sleep.  But that’s probably because I rarely get a good night’s sleep.  Like a lot of parents, I am a light sleeper because I’m always listening out for a child who might need me in the night.  When one tiptoes in, after I’ve managed a couple of hours of sleep, my…

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ADHD and Pre-school Children

Parenting a pre-school child is damn hard, (to be fair parenting full stop is damn hard!).  Their short attention spans and energy levels leave any parent exhausted. But when should you be concerned that maybe you are not just dealing with a child full of beans and the dreaded ‘terrible twos’ and that maybe it is something more? Maybe it is ADHD? Symptoms of ADHD and Pre-school Children Let us look at the symptoms of ADHD in school-age children to start: Inability to stay focussed on one activity. Difficulty completing a task before moving on to another; bored or frustrated by it.…

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Top 8 Tips for Surviving Christmas with ADHD kids!

Holidays are coming, holidays are coming!  Yay!  Or Nay?!  Does this time of year fill you with joy or fear?  Be honest.  I’ll be honest.  I always thought I would love Xmas with children.  It’s a magical time when they believe in Santa.  Putting out reindeer food, preparing the mince pie and milk or whisky.. Their excitement as they try to sleep convinced they’ve heard bells coming so they are squeezing their eyes tight in the hope they will sleep quicker.  Even being woken up early by your kids isn’t bad when they are so excited to see if Santa has been! …

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Six things I hate about ADHD

Maybe I shouldn’t have titled this blog post ‘Things I hate about ADHD’?  It’s not actually things I hate about ADHD, it’s more things I hate concerning ADHD.  I feel like I’m about to have a real moan today. I need a vent and I think you will get where I am coming from! ADHD Diagnosis Drowning in ADHD paperwork How difficult is it to get a diagnosis?!  I get that you must make sure it’s nothing else and that specialists don’t want to diagnose too early. But the amount of paperwork involved is beyond ridiculous. There must be an easier way?…

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ADHD in children and ‘bad’ behaviour

I hate when children with ADHD are labelled as ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’ children.  I literally want to scream from the rooftops that their behaviour is normal for ADHD.  That their behaviour is their way of communicating what they are feeling.  For our children with ADHD, they have difficulties with impulse control.  Toddlers do for example.  They will throw themselves on the floor when they have simply had enough.  Sometimes when I have had enough, I would like to do this and thrash about a little, but luckily for me, I have impulse control and I can recognise that this would be inappropriate. …

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Travelling with Children with ADHD

I was fortunate enough to get away this year.  My three children and I went to Gran Canaria for the first time, and it was just what the doctor ordered.  However, as parents of children with ADHD will know, it’s not that simple.  I mean travelling with children is hard work.  Sometimes you get to your destination and find it’s harder than being at home.  You know, shame shite, different place kinda feel!  This does appear to be quite normal.  However, travelling with children with ADHD is this tenfold. And it doesn’t stop after they grow out of the toddler phase.  In fact,…

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Teenagers with ADHD

The dreaded teenage years!  My twins are now twelve, they will be thirteen later this year! Cue dramatic music.  My girl twin has ADHD my son, her twin does not.  But I will still have two children entering the dreaded teenage years (dramatic music again).  So, I thought I would write this post as a pre-empt to what I am going to experience if I am not already experiencing it.  Oh, and experience what it will be like to have teenagers with ADHD in the same house (dramatic… oh you get the picture!). Firstly, I decided to read up on teenagers in…

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