Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorders in young teens and children. This disorder is characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention. ADHD’s impact might be widespread, affecting a child’s social-emotional development, home life, and academic performance.
According to studies, one person having ADHD in the family might affect the other family members’ satisfaction with their everyday lives.
Here’s how this behavioral health issue can affect your family:
ADHD can significantly impact the siblings of a child who has this condition. One significant problem often faced by siblings is disruptive behavior, such as verbal or physical aggression, extreme hyperactivity, social and emotional immaturity, learning problems, poor peer relationships, and family conflicts. This can make the siblings’ family life feel exhausting, chaotic, and lonely.
There are also expectations around caring for a sibling with ADHD, with parents often expecting them to play with or supervise their sibling. While some children might feel proud of themselves for taking up such a difficult job, others can feel victimized.
Many children might also feel like their parents focused on their siblings with ADHD more than them, causing bitter feelings to arise.
Parenting is already difficult, but parents of kids with ADHD might face more challenges. Kids might seem distracted, get poor grades, lose their temper, or make careless mistakes, making parents feel frustrated, disrespected, or stressed. They might also wonder if they’re to blame for this behavior. However, it’s important to remember that children with ADHD find it more difficult to control their activity, behavior, or attention.
How to help
Parenting is an important part of ADHD treatment. As a parent, your response can make your child’s symptoms better or worse. It’s important to be involved in their lives—learn everything you can about this disorder and ensure your child gets the proper medication and therapy.
Making your child feel understood and accepted is an important part of the process. Every child will show their symptoms differently—identify the issues that ADHD is causing and help your kid practice healthy habits.
Learn better coping mechanisms with the help of mental health professionals
Nothing is more important than maintaining a healthy and loving relationship with your child. Kids with ADHD might feel like they’re doing something wrong, letting people down, or being ‘bad.’ Help your child build up strong self-esteem by staying understanding, patient, and accepting.
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