Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be both an advantage and disadvantage as well as being a child's strength or weakness.
"How, " you might ask?
There are many different perspectives and thoughts about what ADHD is, and what it means to a person who displays symptoms of the disorder. Obviously, the two most prominent outlooks are the positive and negative. After all, every other perspective exists on a spectrum in between these two extremes.
Believe it or not, but based on the perspective you, your family, your child, and those around him take, can mean all the difference in how your child understand his or her ADHD.
Here's the attitude you absolutely do not want to take:
Attitude 1: End of the world
So many people have such a negative view on ADHD, that they immediately think of the diagnosis as some horrible, life-sentence into a world of problems that will never end. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, you just need to know how to harness the energy and symptoms associated with the disorder, and use them to your advantage.
Attitude 2: Believe them
Don't believe everything you hear, and everyone who tells you there is something wrong with your child. Even if they are qualified, make sure you aren't led blindly down a path. Instead, remember that you know your child better than anyone else. While I am not telling you to ignore what people say, I am suggesting you think long and hard about whether or not they know what they are talking about, and whether it is relevant to your child's success.
Attitude 3: Don't take action
When someone suggests your child might have ADHD, the worst thing you can do is take no action at all. The minute I hear someone talk about a child's behavior, or make suggestions about that child's behavior, I immediately start thinking. I start asking questions and I start looking around. I never ignore the situation, but I also never jump to conclusions.
Attitude 4: Trust people
Again, here is another situation that you must really consider a balance. Obviously, you want to trust the right people. However, you don't just trust anyone. Always get a second opinion. Always ask questions and investigate the situation.
The real moral of the story here is that you, the parent, know your child better than anyone else. It is up to you to advocate for your child and to ensure they do not get labeled, mistreated, misdiagnosed, or misunderstood when it comes to their behaviors and ADHD.
And now I would like to offer you access to an almost 60-minute audio interview where a successful professional reveals how he has personally dealt with and managed ADHD for 15 years. In this interview, my colleague discusses his personal struggles, strategies, and challenges with ADHD.