ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects nearly 1 in 10 children who are in the age group between 4–17. Impulsiveness, hyperactivity, inability to give attention are some of the symptoms of this disorder. If you are taking care of someone who has ADHD then below are some steps that you can take to support them.
Get correct diagnosis
This is the first and the most important step when you want to ensure that you give the person the right care. This is because other health conditions like thyroid and developmental disabilities have similar symptoms as ADHD. A healthcare professional can determine what exactly is wrong and rule out any doubts. They can then advise the best courses of treatment. Speaking to a professional can eliminate all rooms of doubt and you will be confident that you have given the patient the best chance of treatment.
Educate yourself properly
Once you know the problem, the next step is to learn and equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible that is related to their disorder. This disorder is not limited to children but can affect adults as well. If you are helping an adult with this problem then read the Ahead ADHD review to understand how this medication can help them. The main idea is to learn about the problem, treatment, and medication so you can help the patient. However, make sure you get your facts about this disorder from credible resources.
Develop a long-term approach
If you have a child with ADHD then remember that they can vastly benefit from both educational institutions as well as your individualized support. While the school provides their best care, you too can start to redefine success and your expectation from the child. When dealing with a person who has ADHD, set goals that are easier and realistic. Give them plenty of encouragement. Mostly such people do take a longer time to get there, so you need to learn to be patient with them. Children who have ADHD and do not receive the right treatment and help can have symptoms of the same for the long term, even after they reach adulthood.
Be mentally prepared
Not treating someone with ADHD is not an option at all. You should try to find a course of treatment that helps them to develop faster. However, keep in mind that you are in this for the long haul. As the child grows into an adult, they may have the same symptoms but with less severity. This can take a toll on you so seek support for yourself as well. There are support groups that can help you out or you can seek counsel from a therapist. You will be able to explain your challenges to people who really understand.
Make some time for yourself by hiring another caregiver so you can take some breaks to relax and refresh yourself. If you are tired and frustrated you will not be able to help someone who has ADHD. The bottom line is to believe in yourself that you can provide the right care and believe in the person who has ADHD that eventually everything will work out fine.
Ellen Diamond did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has a particular interest in mental health and well-being.