This week (May 1-7) is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. One of the most common mental health issues that kids have is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is the subject of today’s article.
According to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518, ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of these that are out of the normal range for a child’s age and development. ADHD is the most common childhood behavioral disorder, affecting about three to five percent school-aged kids with boys being diagnosed much more often than girls.
The brains of kids with ADHD are different from those of kids without ADHD in that they handle neurotransmitters differently. Children with ADHD may also have another psychiatric issue, such as depression or bipolar disorder. These kids can be treated with behavior therapy and/or medication. ADHD Awareness Week is scheduled this year for October 16-22 with the theme “ADHD, Get the Facts.” For more information about ADHD, you can go to http://www.adhd.com, http://www.chadd.org (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), and http://www.add.org (Attention Deficit Disorder Association).
A local young woman named Rachel Smyth has ADHD. Yours truly would like to end this article with a poem Rachel wrote that illustrates her life with ADHD:
If there’s anyone who would take all my special qualities, combine them, name it ADHD.
D- deeply emotional
H- hapaxanthous (yes, I looked this up, it means flowering only once)
D- debellate-looked this one up, too! (to conquer or overcome)
I’m not at all what you would like to see. Always flustered, trying too hard to get things right.
As my mind starts to stray away, don’t think I’m not paying attention. Being a natural born creative thinker, I am always reaching further into the corners of my mind to figure things out for myself.
Everyone tries to look into my eyes, some of you might be amused. I’ll always see things differently than what you see. My mind is like a light switch: it can come on and see what needs to be seen. Then, it shuts itself down like a PC.
To be assertive and knowing what to say with the right timing is what I always wanted in my life. I’ll always try to make people laugh with me. That’s the only way you can see the realness in me.