Comorbidities of ADHD

Approximately half of all people with ADHD suffer from another condition. This is known as a comorbidity. Sometimes comorbidities are considered 'secondary' or triggered by ADHD. For example, a child could be particularly depressed because they are constantly being told off for being impulsive or not being able to focus on the task at hand. This will generally subside once the ADHD is diagnosed and treated. When the problems don't resolve this is when a condition is considered comorbid or standalone, a diagnosis in itself. The condition is both chronic and pervasive. That means they were noticed early on in childhood and…

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I've heard it all before

8 things a parent of a child with ADHD will have had!

I can pretty much guarantee that if you are a parent/carer of a child/children with ADHD you will have had the majority of these eight things! Let me know which ones resonate! 8 things a parent of a child with ADHD will have had: 1. Rubbish Advice Love a bit of well-meaning advice. Often well-meaning, this advice can be anything from cut out dairy, bathing in salt water, giving certain vitamins, pillows, bed positioning to stand on one leg whilst hopping with a boiled egg on your head chanting.  Ok, maybe not the last one but you get the picture.  It’s so…

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Great ADHD Books for Children

I was trying to remember the other day how I first talked to my daughter about ADHD.  I have always been very open with her on the subject. She had struggled before being diagnosed at 9 years old.   I never wanted her to feel like ADHD was something to be ashamed of because it isn’t. Like any disability, hidden or not.  I just wanted to let her know what ADHD is and how it affects people in so many ways.  I was at a loss myself at the time and, at the start of my journey as a parent of a child…

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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 and Emotional Regulation

Keep Moving! When we think of ADHD the first things that generally spring to mind are hyperactivity, fidgeting and/or attention difficulties.  However, one of the biggest burdens someone with ADHD must deal with is the inability to regulate their emotions.  This emotional dysregulation is extreme and largely underestimated. Whilst children with ADHD experience the same emotions as others, they experience them more intensely.  As discussed before, (The ADHD Brain) there are very real brain differences in a child with ADHD.  These differences result in delayed development of parts of the brain, one of these being delayed emotional development.  The prevalence of emotional…

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ADHD and RSD in children

OK, so yet more initials to throw at you! But I am just learning about this and thought I would share my findings.  RSD or Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria.  Heard of it?  I hadn’t.  It’s not a medical diagnosis, but more a way of describing a symptom that is closely related to ADHD.  In fact, up to 99% of individuals with ADHD have this.  Hence a blog about ADHD and RSD in children. What is RSD? Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is an intense emotional sensitivity whereby the individual believes they have been rejected by a person or criticised by someone important to them.  Dysphoria…

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Low Self-Esteem

ADHD and Low Self-Esteem

This week I was going to write about something totally different to do with ADHD, but then this week my daughter had huge self-esteem issues. It really got me thinking.  When I investigated it, I found a disturbingly high comorbidity.  Hence, why I decided to research and find out why children with ADHD have such low self-esteem, and hopefully what we can do to help that. ADHD and Low Self-Esteem Ever imagined what it must be like for a child with ADHD?  I sat down the other day and really thought about it.  Like, properly thought about it.  Imagine constantly being reprimanded…

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ADHD success stories!

As a parent of two children with ADHD, I do worry for their futures.  I take a check on myself though and stop myself fretting.  I mean, we worry about all our children, right?  But in a society where so much emphasis is placed on academic achievement, it is only natural to worry when your child is not as academic.  I am not saying all children with ADHD are not academic.  Far from it.  My youngest is quite the little genius, if only he would sit still long enough to hear an entire lesson.  My daughter has ADHD and dyslexia and dyscalculia. …

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Can a child with ADHD be successful in school?

The answer to whether your child with ADHD can be successful in school is YES! Ok, so most children with ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, will generally have issues within the classroom setting.  The name suggests that their attention span is shorter. In actual fact, they have difficulty with attention be it hyperfocussing or unable to focus due to distraction or boredom. It can be so hard to keep them engaged.  Kids with ADHD may have trouble with: Why am I here?? Starting on a task Managing their time Focusing on what is important in the task Following directions correctly Changing their…

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What is ADHD?

We hear the ADHD term so often. To be honest, before kids, I thought ADHD was linked to ASBO’s or Anti-Social Behaviour Order (insert ashamed face).  I mean be fair, they start with the same initial… So, what is ADHD, or its full name Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder?  Well, as the name suggests, ADHD falls into two categories.  There is the inattention aspect and the hyperactivity and impulsiveness side.  Many people have both hence ADHD.  ADD, on the other hand, Attention Deficit Disorder, can often go unnoticed as the symptoms are far less obvious.  Children with ADHD have often been called the…

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