ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can make your child seem a little different from the rest of the children. However, present day ADHD treatment options are helping people see this disorder with a more optimistic perspective.
ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder does make your child unique in talent from the other children. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals is a testimony to this fact. He diagnosed with ADHD by the time he reached sixth grade. However, this condition became his biggest asset and with dedicated effort it was transformed into an unbelievable world record. As parents, treating ADHD is a matter of perspective towards your child. There is no ruled out cure for ADHD. However, if the therapies and alternative options are used to channelize the unbound energy, your child can be a successful person.
Options for Treating ADHD
Your child may have a habit of overreacting to certain demanding situations. For instance, a simple denial might be taken very aggressively as compared to other children. He may react in a violent way, which may have become a habit. Behavior modification techniques for ADHD helps your child to control behavior, by controlling the way they feel. Over a period of time, they get into the habit of controlling self-damaging reactions, bouts of violence and anger by changing these to sober reactions. Behavioral therapy addresses both, thoughts as well as behavior, as the two are interrelated. This helps children to understand their feelings in a mature way.
The cognitive side helps us to perceive, learn, and reason. Essentially, it is the cognitive side that stirs emotions and feelings within us. Some of our feelings, at times, can lead us to negative action, which requires years to overcome. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) works effectively as it helps people to challenge their thoughts, analyze them, and surpass their obstacles. Gradually, ADHD patients begin to realize the futility of harmful thoughts and recognize the importance of thinking before acting. Cognitive therapy is often used in combination with behavioral therapy.
Literary therapy is also one of the alternative treatment options for ADHD. This therapy uses books, articles and other reading material to help the patient cope up with ADHD symptoms. This therapy is basically meant for adolescents and adults. Literary therapy, states, that a person understands the problem better and in-depth, by gathering as much information about it as possible. The information gathered suggests tools for controlling hyperactive issues. Also, reading helps the patient to focus all the energy on a particular activity for a long time, which in a way, is great to channelize the energy and use it constructively.
Parents are constantly telling kids, what not to do. Sadly, due to this, children never listen, and furthermore, get encouraged to do the restricted activity. If your child is suffering from ADHD, telling your child ‘what not to do’, can make your worst nightmare come true. Instead, sit down and talk things out with your child. Talk therapy suggests, ADHD can be healed if family members show their support, love, and care, by giving time and listening to the child, because after all, communication is always the easiest way to resolve an issue.
Other treatment options also include the use of ADHD medications which are prescribed by a medical practitioners. However, the above mentioned therapies will give you greater results if they are done with optimism and commitment. Here’s your chance to help you child, a special talent, hidden under the garb of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.