ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) caught my attention when a friend visited us one time and called our attention about one of our kids might have the possibility of having ADHD. Well, actually we have been told about it when the kids lived with my parents in the Philippines for 10 months while we were here in Thailand. In fact, I even wrote a post about it here more than a year ago.
“I don’t want to call it a disorder,” she began. It is not a disease or something to be dreaded about. It is just important that parents would be aware about the genetic makeup of their children, and do whatever they can with the help of experts so that they would be helped especially in living an organized lifestyle or finish what they start, or do something about their compulsive behavior or control their temper.
Although it has yet to be confirmed, I have to admit that at first it freaked me out. I mean, what parent would not , right? All these findings about disorders in children sound scary. So I did a little research about ADHD, its causes, its cures, and what I can do as a parent if indeed my child is confirmed to have ADHD.
To begin with, approximately 9.5% or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age are said to be diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007. Boys are more likely to have it (13.2%) as supposed to girls (5.6%).
What Causes It?
ADHD runs in families, studies show. There has been studies done among adopted children who are diagnosed to have ADHD, and their upbringing has nothing to do with their behaviors. It could be traced back to their original families. Identical and fraternal twins have also been subject to studies– identical twins could both have ADHD since they have the exact same genetic makeup. Fraternal twins, on the other hand, could be different. One could possibly have ADHD while the other twin could not.
2. Exposure to Toxic Substances
Mothers who smoked or drank alcohol during pregnancy could put their unborn child to risk of having ADHD. Nicotine, alcohol, and lead can be toxic to developing brain tissue and may have sustained effects on the behavior of the children exposed to these substances at early ages.
3. Brain Tumors, Strokes, Diseases, or any kind of trauma
A serious blow on the head causing trauma could lead to a child having ADHD growing up. Such experiences can lead to poor regulation of motor activity and impulses.
There is no known cure for ADHD, but a child can be helped by seeing a behavioral and developmental pediatrician. It would even be best that a child with ADHD can be taught by a special teacher who knows the child’s learning style. Children with ADHD can be mistaken as the noisy, inattentive and slow in class, but in reality they could be talented and should be given special attention.