Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A wide opportunity to drug your child into zombie land. A creative title to describe bad behavior. A parental excuse for lack luster parenting. A convenient label for doctors to diagnose something they just cannot pinpoint. Another reason the teacher is unable to educate any one student at any given time.
This all depends on where you fit into the equation. Are you the child or maybe an adult suffering from ADHD? Are you a family member of a person who has ADHD? Do you know anyone with this disorder? Are you a doctor? What is your expertise on this subject? Have you done any research?
I am an expert on my children, I assure you I have done the research. It is a REAL disorder and it is not a one size fits all disorder. I have THREE children and all three have some degree of this disorder. They all have had different treatments and have had different degrees of success with controlling their ADHD. I have seen the violent side effects of medications that do not work correctly and the outcome of medications that do not work at all no matter what the dosage is. The one and only time I felt we got a medication right the teachers started calling to provide their feed back on how my child was now a “zombie”.
Our first diagnosis came after a failed spelling test in 2nd grade. When I asked about why we failed I was told that the clock was ticking loudly and the kids in the hall were also loud when they walked by. Our second came after some testing for another disorder in kindergarten for my third child. This is also the child that was accused of being the “zombie”. The second child has never been on medication because it is controlled simply by behavior modification rather than medication and the diagnosis was a later teen discovery.
Today I have two children off medication and one on. Time did help my children learn ways to cope without medication. They did not become suddenly cured because they got older and found ways to “behave”, instead they got older and learned ways to help themselves focus and stay on task. Not everyday is a success because sometimes impulses win over reason. We are lucky enough these days that our successful days out number our impulse days.