Attention Deficit Can Isolate Children
“She was very upset when she initially found out,” Mullen said of her daughter, Emma. “She didn’t want to be a special child … she wanted to be like everybody else.”
Not wanting to be seen as special is one of the sensitivities parents will learn about after their son or daughter is diagnosed with ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder. Straight forward solutions offered with a cheerful, pragmatic demeanor - as opposed to hand wringing - will coach the child or teen to view ADHD as a manageable personality trait as opposed to a “special need.”
And if recent reports prove accurate, there is yet another possible remedy parents will want to mention to their kids’ therapist or doctor; nutrition. Specifically, they may wish to query their doctor about Omega-3 and review it’s potential.
“It’s estimated up to 12 per cent of children battle ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. That makes it a very real problem for families all over the world, though new research suggests a daily supplement of Omega-3 could go a long way in easing the strains of ADHD symptoms.
“These Omega-3 from fish oils really can significantly improve their behavior,” insists Dr. Alexandra Richardson, an Oxford University scientist in charge of the study. “So better concentration, less impulsivity, and also significant improvements in reading and spelling.”
Parents need not feel that there are few options available to them. Working closely with troubled teens upon initial diagnosis and during subsequent therapies will ensure that ADHD becomes just one very small aspect of a teen’s entire personality, and one that can be governed successfully with good information, diligence, and patience.
By Ann Walker