ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Medical Definition quoted from Wikipedia; “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – a psychiatric disorderof the neurodevelopmental type in which there are significant problems of attention, hyperactivity, or acting impulsively that are not appropriate for a person’s age.”
ADHD looks a lot like a really active boy child!! But it doesn’t stop! These kids can’t stop moving, they are up every few minutes to sharpen a pencil, go to the bathroom, put something in the garbage, look out the window, etc. They drive teachers nuts because they appear to be disruptive and unengaged. Don’t be fooled! ADHD kids have amazing coping skills and their brains are working lighting fast. They are the kids who are going to think quickly in an emergency, find creative ways around a problem and possibly be the first to answer a question. Fortunately, ADD/ADHD is probably the most well-understood hidden disability since it has been given a lot of press. Unfortunately, teachers and parents and doctors have been quick to medicate before discerning whether this is really the problem.
ADD is slightly different in that all the activity is going on right inside the person’s head. Their body may not be moving so quickly but you can be sure their brain is a million miles ahead of yours. They create wonderful worlds inside their heads and have gone on tangents that you can’t even dream about! I have a son who has ADD. He creates the most amazing stories and will try to tell me about them but it is hard to listen to since the story is changing and evolving as he speaks. Writing it down is a painful, long, process that he dreads…and so do I. It is hard to watch him struggle to create his beautiful world on a plain piece of paper.