This week Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has hit the headlines. Articles raising the question if ADHD is real or whether it is indeed just immaturity have popped up all over the world. The question has been raised as a result of some research that has been conducted in Taiwan.
Sadly this news story isn’t at all helpful to parents of children that have the condition or adults that have the condition. There’s already so much controversy over the condition – a global news story claiming ADHD could just be immaturity further adds fuel to the argument that ADHD isn’t real…
But, it is real. There are families living with this condition day in day out. Waking up each day dealing with everything that ADHD throws at them. Being unable to focus at home or at school, being unable to sit still, being impulsive to the point that it can place them in danger and being unable to take turns therefore find it difficult to be part of a team. All of this means they can find themselves in trouble a lot, find it difficult to make friends, leaving them with very low self esteem…And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
This is what the headlines haven’t covered, the reality of living with ADHD and the impact it can have on people’s lives.