ADHD affects 5% of children aged 4-17. It interferes with all aspects of their lives, but especially so at school and in social circumstances. The conditions also has an effect on how they think of themselves.
While it can lead to mental disorders, like anxiety and depression, people with ADHD are usually very smart and creative too.
One person carried out an interview between two six-year-olds. One of them being her daughter, Giuliana, and another boy. They have the same family structures and are both in first grade, yet their answers were very different…
When asked if they liked school, the boy said yes because he enjoys playing with his friends. Giuliana, on the other hand, replied no because she would rather be spending more time with her little sister.
The boy without ADHD said his homework takes 5-10 minutes, whereas Giuliana said she struggles with it more.
When it came to test scores, the boy without ADHD said he gets good results and mentions how he gets almost all the questions right. Giuliana said she gets A’s, but not A+’s and that she just felt normal about her grades.
In other words, she didn’t feel proud of what she had achieved.
Giuliana also replied no when asked if she had a lot of friends. As I’m sure you could guess, the boy without ADHD said he has many.
The difference in the replies from each child showed clearly that kids with ADHD have a tougher time growing up. They often feel lonely, have low self-esteem, experience behavior problems, and struggle to focus and listen in school.
It’s imperative for patients to remember that disabilities don’t have to produce visual symptoms. It’s also important to encourage children without ADHD to include the kids who have the condition.
Simply inviting them to play together would do wonders for their mental health!