Managing my son's ADHD made me realize that I, too, had it.

December 21, 2022

Managing my son's ADHD made me realize that I, too, had it.

We now understand that genetic factors play a significant role in the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), so it is often not surprising to find similar symptoms in a parent and their child. Rather than feeling defeated or upset that genetic elements can influence this disorder, we should focus on finding the best ways to manage symptoms. Also, it is more common for men than women to be diagnosed with ADHD, but more females with the disorder remain undiagnosed due to more subtle symptoms such as inattention and talking more than usual. This is particularly troubling because, if ignored, more severe mental health conditions like anxiety and depression may also arise. It is essential that more attention and research is given to those affected by this condition, particularly women and the less apparent signs of ADHD in order to provide adequate treatment and support before other comorbidities are caused. It is heartening to note that with early diagnosis and proper intervention, parents and children affected by ADHD can use lifestyle changes and different therapies to succeed both at home and in the classroom.

•A mother and her 7-year-old son with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experienced similar struggles while navigating remote learning during the pandemic, leading her to suspect she may have ADHD herself.
•Both the mother and son showed signs of ADHD such as impulsivity, distractibility, lack of organization and low frustration tolerance
• People who do well in school are often not diagnosed until later in life due to lack of structure or support when responsibilities increase.
• Research suggests that a strong genetic component is associated with ADHD, and it's common for parents to recognize their own symptoms after their child has been formally diagnosed.
• In the 1980s, men were far more likely than women to be given an ADHD diagnosis early on due to exhibiting more disruptive symptoms than women at a younger age.
•Research shows that girls with ADHD tend to internalize their struggles rather than act out and are more likely to be inattentive and talkative than hyperactive or aggressive like boys may be.
• Moms who experience ADHD symptoms often go undiagnosed due to the external demands of motherhood being mistaken for other issues such as depression or low self-esteem, leading them to suffer in silence without proper treatment for the underlying cause of their difficulties .
• If left untreated, people can develop comorbidities such as anxiety disorders and substance abuse; however there is help available through medication tailored specifically towards individual needs when combined with good nutrition, sleep habits, mindfulness-based therapy techniques, and finding a career suited towards one's brain functioning.

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