5 Things To Do If Your Child is Diagnosed with ADHD
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9% of all children are diagnosed with ADHD. When it’s your child faced with the diagnosis, it can feel like the whole world revolves around ADHD and its symptoms. While it may feel overwhelming right after the diagnosis, your family can come to peace with the diagnosis. Taking these five steps can help:
1) Learn As Much As Possible About the Diagnosis
Every case of ADHD is unique, and every patient has their own symptoms. However, there are three main types of the disorder: Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive, Primarily Inattentive, and Combination. Be sure you know which type of ADHD your child has and which symptoms the doctor noted.
Mental health professionals can also give you resources to learn more about ADHD in children and what you can expect moving forward. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In order to learn more about ADHD, you may also consider connecting with other parents in similar situations. Understanding as much as you can about ADHD can help you move forward with confidence.
2) Decide on a Treatment Plan
There is no cure for ADHD, but many children do eventually outgrow the disorder. However, several treatment options can help your child manage symptoms and feel more at ease. Generally speaking, there are three courses of treatment for ADHD:
What works for one family may not feel comfortable to another. That’s why our mental health teams are here to give you all of the options and allow you to make decisions for your child’s health.
You do not have to commit to just one type of treatment forever. You can change your plan anytime something isn’t working, and you can combine types of treatments to help your child. However, having an initial plan to start out can help you feel more empowered.
3) Share Your Plan with the School
ADHD often affects the way children behave and perform in the classroom. As such, it’s vital to get everyone involved in the child’s education on board with the plan. You can ask for a meeting with the child’s teachers, principals, and other staff members. At that time, you can tell them about the child’s symptoms and any treatments you’re trying. Consistency at home and school can help the child succeed in both.
4) Get the Rest of Your Village On Board
It takes a village to raise any child, but particularly so when you’re overwhelmed by a new diagnosis. Of course, you do not need to share confidential information with just anyone. However, opening up to your support system can help you and your child.
As much as you love your child, it’s perfectly healthy to feel scared about the future with this diagnosis. Be sure to open up to trusted friends and relatives about your feelings. If you’re not sure who you can trust, you can book sessions with a psychiatrist to process your feelings.
Be sure that anyone involved in the care of your child knows relevant information about your treatment plan. For example, babysitters should know about any medication or lifestyle changes for your child.
5) Remember Your Child is Still the Same Amazing Kid
On the day your child receives a diagnosis, they are the same amazing person they were the day before. This is important to remember as you process this new information. Your child would still have these symptoms, whether you took the brave step to get them evaluated or not.
The difference is that now you have more power. You have the knowledge about the disorder and you have the tools you need to help your child succeed.