ADHD is said to have a strong genetic link, meaning that if a child is diagnosed with ADHD, then a parent is likely to have ADHD as well. However, that's not necessarily the main point of this article.
Instead, I want to talk a little bit today about how your child being diagnosed with ADHD can change your entire family. For better or worse, one person being diagnosed is just the same as if everyone being diagnosed. Or at least it can seem that way, or perhaps you just didn't realize the impact it can have on the whole family.
How does it impact everyone in the family?
ADHD might very well be an individual struggle, but it doesn't have to be. Think about it for a moment. When one person is diagnosed with a behavioral disorder, it can become very isolating and shameful. Consider a young child who doesn't know any better, and starts to question why he is so different from his brothers or sisters.
Before you know it, your child is turned inside looking for answers and asking questions that he or she is just not equipped to deal with on his own.
Another scenario could be that your child might feel like an outsider in the family. Instead of feeling part of the family, your child starts to think that she is all alone, stuck with people who don't understand her or what she is going through.
Of course, these thoughts are all expected parts of a child's development, but they can be even more of a struggle when a child is diagnosed with a behavioral disorder that clearly separates him from his siblings or other children his age.
Imagine for a moment what it might be like when your child feels so different that everyone else in the family is pointing their fingers at him and laughing.
ADHD really can become a family affair. Your child's behavioral struggles can be challenges to everyone else in the family. Whereas problems can impact the entire family, implementing strategies can also impact the entire family.
Whether your realize it or not, a significant change can send ripples throughout your family's makeup and this is particularly true depending upon your view of your child's diagnosis of ADHD.
And now I would like to invite you to download an almost 60-minute audio interview available at http://www.adhdsuccessaudio.com where one successful professional reveals his personal struggle and success managing his symptoms of ADHD over the last 15 years.
You are also invited to keep up with constantly updated information on ADHD at http://www.thetruthbehindadhd.com