UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
Following are three examples of children and the effects of
Add & Adhd
Mark, age 14, has more energy than most boys his age. But then,
he's always been overly active. Starting at age 3, he was a human
tornado, dashing around and disrupting everything in his path.
At home, he darted from one activity to the next, leaving a trail
of toys behind him. At meals, he upset dishes and chattered nonstop.
He was reckless and impulsive, running into the street with oncoming
cars, no matter how many times his mother explained the danger
or scolded him. On the playground, he seemed no wilder than the
other kids. But his tendency to overreact--llike socking playmates
simply for bumping into him--hhad already gotten him into trouble
several times. His parents didn't know what to do. Mark's doting
grandparents reassured them, "Boys will be boys. Don't worry,
he'll grow out of it." But he didn't.
At age 17, Lisa still struggles to pay attention and act appropriately.
But this has always been hard for her. She still gets embarrassed
thinking about that night her parents took her to a restaurant
to celebrate her 10th birthday. She had gotten so distracted by
the waitress' bright red hair that her father called her name
three times before she remembered to order. Then before she could
stop herself, she blurted, "Your hair dye looks awful!"
In elementary and junior high school, Lisa was quiet and cooperative
but often seemed to be daydreaming. She was smart, yet couldn't
improve her grades no matter how hard she tried. Several times,
she failed exams. Even though she knew most of the answers, she
couldn't keep her mind on the test. Her parents responded to her
low grades by taking away privileges and scolding, "You're just
lazy. You could get better grades if you only tried." One day,
after Lisa had failed yet another exam, the teacher found her
sobbing, "What's wrong with me?"
Although he loves puttering around in his shop, for years Henry
has had dozens of unfinished carpentry projects and ideas for
new ones he knew he would never complete. His garage was piled
so high with wood, he and his wife joked about holding a fire
Every day Henry faced the real frustration of not being able
to concentrate long enough to complete a task. He was fired from
his job as stock clerk because he lost inventory and carelessly
filled out forms. Over the years, afraid that he might be losing
his mind, he had seen psychotherapists and tried several medications,
but none ever helped him concentrate. He saw the same lack of
focus in his young son and worried.
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