For me, one way of thinking about children with ADD (adults deserve their own piece and the center deals with them too) is that they are more fiercely democratic than other kids who will easily adhere to strict rules and regulations with a passive attitude.
We finally decided to try the pharmaceuticals available, only to be met with warnings from countless well-meaning people, none of whom actually had children with ADHD. I began to feel as if, in some small way, they were judging our parenting skills and finding fault.
Your child needs to be learning in a place that will support his strengths rather than view him as a problem. For children who are bright or anxious, active or inattentive, simply changing how and where they learn can make all the difference.
Yes, your spouse does love you, but because he or she is too distracted to pay attention to you, it sure doesn't feel like love, and that's a very real problem. If you don't fix it, there's no way you can have a healthy relationship.
If we choose to let a marketing department decide what's entertaining for our kids, we could unwittingly be playing a high stakes game that doesn't end until they go off to college with a laser show, just to be sure they're paying attention.
Whether it's tea or anything else you can find to wake up, I believe that we need all the weapons available to fight distraction. Distraction keeps us from living fully and making a real difference in the world.
The United States of Adderall will continue at least into the near future until our values change substantially or, more ominously, we experience some social catastrophe from the adult use of these drugs.
On my way to the studio I notice the path is partly blocked by an overgrown shrub, so I put the pliers down, go to the tool shed to get hedge clippers and trim back the intrusive plant. I go in and sit at my desk to prepare for the class.
Children with extreme degrees of impulsivity, distractibility and hyperactivity are easy to diagnose with ADHD. However because these behaviors vary (from none to many) in a bell shaped distribution curve, most of ADHD diagnosed in this country is of the mild variety.