Although many parents are aware that ADD and ADHD can have a big impact on their child’s life, not as many recognize that it can also be the cause of symptoms outside of hyperactivity, impulsiveness and struggles with attention. ADHD can also lead to struggles with low self-esteem and troubles in relationships. Children might be recommended to seek counseling after staff at their school recognize how symptoms may be impacting their performance at school, but family might notice things like their children: appearing not to listen even when spoken to directly, difficulty following through on instructions, fidgeting and squirming, having a hard time sitting still or running around and climbing when not appropriate or having difficulty waiting their turn. It’s important to recognize that healthy children are inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive sometimes, and that many of these symptoms can be developmentally appropriate. Like all mental health concerns, when the symptoms are creating a problem in daily living it might be time to seek treatment.
*Judi is also a Certified ADHD-Professional (ADHD-CCSP) and has completed intensive training in evidence-based strategies for managing ADHD across the lifespan.