As scientists and behaviorists learn more and more about ADHD, it really is imperative that we keep up with the times and, for moms and dads, our parenting decisions.
Those of us with ADHD used to be thought of as troublemakers, now people are finding we may be extra-sensitive and, even, extra aware.
For years, doctors assumed that, as a female, I had ADD. In fact, I have ADHD, Classic type. What happened is that I was never as popular as I wanted to be because people saw me as loud, boisterous, brash, and too fidgety. I can’t tell you how many times my legs have been slapped (by teachers, friends, and acquaintances) because my fidgeting bothered them. I even had a college professor slap my leg to stop me from fidgeting!
So I trained myself to sit still. I trained myself not to call attention to myself (As much as possible for someone with hyperactivity and a loud voice). I trained myself so well that I could sit still for hours at a time, and I gained weight.
Now I have to train myself to move again, in order to live a healthier life.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to understand that being diagnosed with the wrong kind of ADHD does make a difference. It can make a difference in your child’s health, in their relationships, in their own parenting, and even in their moral or legal standing in the community.
I often say, “The brain wants what the brain wants.” It compels us to seek out what’s missing – what is the substance or activity that will produce the jolt/jump start/buzz/excitement/peace we crave?
If your child is lucky enough to be on the right combination of meds and supplements, that’s awesome. But if your child’s behavior has only marginally changed, or if your child’s behavior has changed in one area but not another, it’s worth dipping into the college or retirement fund to get a more thorough diagnosis.
A correct diagnosis will change your child’s life and that of generations to come.
Take this assessment to get some idea of your or your child’s type of ADD/ADHD. This is not a substitute for medication, seeing an Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor, or getting the therapeutic or coaching help that you or your family might need.
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About Yafa Crane Luria
Yafa Crane Luria is a 30-year veteran teacher and school counselor, a Positive Discipline Trainer, and the author of the Mom’s Choice Award®-Winning book: How To Train Your Parents in 6 ½ Days and the Amazon Kindle Best Seller: Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD. She was diagnosed with ADHD (then called “Minimal Brain Dysfunction”) in 1980, one of the ﬁrst to be diagnosed as an adult. Yafa specializes in helping ADHD families who have tried everything and are still frustrated by their child’s or teen’s Blocked but Brilliant brain. Fun fact: Yafa’s nickname as a child was “Mountain Goat” because she climbed on EVERYTHING! She can be reached at her website: BlockedToBrilliant.com
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