Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder found in children. While many kids can struggle with focusing or paying attention, children with ADHD can really struggle with controlling impulsive behaviors, being in their own world, and inattention. This condition can continue and worsen from childhood into adulthood.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, you might be feeling discouraged about the well-being of your child and how they’ll do in school and in their relationships with others.
However, there’s many positive things that come associated with an ADHD diagnosis. Nauman Ahmad, MD, FAAP, and our team at Pediatrician Specialty Practices in Federal Way, Washington, share five encouraging facts about ADHD.
A great thing about ADHD is that it allows the person who has it to zero in on something and not break focus for long periods of time. While this can sometimes be a negative attribute, it can create opportunities for your child to focus on an activity or something else they enjoy and tune out the world around them. This is especially beneficial for when your child needs to complete homework or any other school project that requires a lot of attention to detail.
People with ADHD often see through a different lens and perspective. This allows them to be inventive and great problem solvers. Your child may often come up with solutions to problems no one else may have thought of or may have a very artistic and creative mind.
Because having ADHD can create so many barriers and obstacles in life, living with ADHD can create resilience in your child. Teachers have stated that more than half of their students who have ADHD have shown they are able to adapt quickly and recover from setbacks quickly.
While having a lot of extra energy can be seen as a negative thing, kids who have ADHD often excel in physical activities due to their abundance of energy. In fact, they may have great success with activities that require them to channel their energy.
Those who have ADHD are often very talkative and are able to strike up a conversation with almost anyone. Studies have shown that people with ADHD have higher social intelligence and humor and overall achieve high levels of social success.
While getting an ADHD diagnosis for your child might seem hopeless at first, just know that there are treatments available. Dr. Ahmad and our team at Pediatrician Specialty Practices has lots of experience helping children to not only manage their ADHD symptoms, but also to thrive.
To learn more about diagnosing and treating ADHD in children, call our office located in Federal Way, Washington, at 253-785-3388 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment with us today.