Naughty children, limitless teenagers, lazy people, among others. These are some stereotypes that young people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) usually receive from close people, sometimes from their own family, classmates, education professionals, among others.
According to data from the Brazilian Association of Attention Deficit, 4.4% of adults have a complete picture of ADD/ADHD. The disorder begins to develop in childhood and persists throughout life, but the characteristics change as the person grows and matures.
When the diagnosis occurs in adolescence, this child has already suffered the consequences in the social, emotional and academic spheres. You’ve probably already felt the bullying on your skin.
These young people carry the difficulties and look for ways to escape them. Often, they go on to abuse legal and/or illegal substances, addictions, unnecessary fights, in addition to the likelihood of having comorbidities that are associated with the disorder, further complicating the situation.
Adults who were diagnosed in adolescence are very likely to carry this “burden” they experience, such as, for example, the lack of structure to understand the ADD, lack of limits, compliance with routines and positive results.
Inattention is a symptom, not the cause. It compromises the ability to plan, execute, organize, time, working memory, emotions and persistence to goals.
It turns out that in adult life the responsibilities are greater, the routines are tighter, the pressures at work appear frequently and the obligations in the family are numerous. The person no longer has parental help or guidance on a daily basis. So, their actions have disastrous consequences, generating frustration at work, in relationships, causing low self-esteem, restlessness and lack of time management.
However, when the diagnosis occurs in childhood, there is a greater chance of having quality of life in adulthood, because the compensatory strategies in difficulties, the mechanisms to circumvent memory, in addition to the search for overcoming limits are already known. The person starts to have and practice their self-knowledge: what works, what helps or hinders, how to deal, how to overcome obstacles.
In all situations, the search for an assertive diagnosis is essential. The earlier it is, the better the understanding to learn to deal with ADD and take advantage of it. He has to be an ally, as he cannot live without the inconvenience. The risk of not being treated is certainly greater than the risk of treatment.
So do the best you can with what you have. Do not pass up the opportunity to overcome adversity. Its capacity is infinite. Believe it!
Margarete Chinaglia is the author of the books “Untying the Knots of Attention Deficit Disorder – ADD” and “Attention Deficit Disorder – ADD, from the point of view of a mother”, Margarete is a researcher on the subject and mother of a young woman with ADD. In addition, she is trained as a biochemical pharmacist and works in hospital management.
Source: Joyce Nogueira – Drummond Communication Advisory