FIGHT TO BEAT ADHD BIT BY BIT
By: Mbalenhle Zibani
Eight to twelve percent of school-aged children suffer from Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is according to a study by the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Support Group of South Africa (Adhasa).
This mental disorder involves the academic, social and family functionality of the affected child. According to a report by Evidence Based Pharmacy Practice(EBPP), prevalence of the disorder is approximately 53% worldwide and occurs mostly in boys.
Children with this chronic disorder show persistent patterns of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity, which can interfere with the child’s ability to live a normal life and unable to achieve his full academic potential.
“Some teachers claim they don’t believe there is such thing as ADHD,” said Angel in a posting on the Circle Of Moms blog.
She mentions that teachers who put black dots or sad faces on the board when a child misses something is discouraging for ADHDer’s.
The South African Pharmaceutical journal found that causes of the disorder are not clear, but there are numerous risks. Strong evidence of a genetic link has been found and a 90% rate for positive signs of ADHD have been evident from studies of twins.
A documentary titled “living with ADHD”, show families who live and cope with children that have ADHD. From the outside one may judge ADHDers to be “naughty kids.”
“If only people could try to understand that they find it difficult to remember simple things like cleaning up after themselves or retain things in their memory,” said Dr Adams in the documentary.
Angel said that parents should try to motivate their children not to “humiliate and belittle them”.
“I have a lot more bones to pick with regards to the way ADHDers are thought of in South African schools,” she said.
Medication remains optional for ADHD, but parent can also be coached on how to cope with children living with the disorder.