Mothering ADHD

adhd parenting Mar 27, 2020

October is ADHD Awareness Month. We have a kiddo diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type. He is not hyperactive. He has difficulty focusing on the pertinent information because he notices everything. Our child had previously been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder but we felt that there was more to his story. This new diagnosis made so much sense and connects significantly with his anxiety. In not being able to focus, he missed out on information. This led him to feel anxious because he was constantly trying to fill in the gaps and get caught up. Feeling anxious made it even more challenging to concentrate and be effectively on-task. He looked on-task in class. He was being compliant and his pen was moving on the paper but his internal struggle was very real and we saw the result of this with emotional breakdowns, trouble sleeping, and a sense of self-defeat and incapability communicated and visible at home. 

 

When we decided to reconnect with his psychologist to...

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Invisible - Parenting with Anxiety

anxiety mamahood parenting Mar 27, 2020

We have a child who has anxiety. This is beyond worrying about things from time to time. Looking back, his anxiety was evident from the time he was a baby. He has always been a creature of habit. Changes to his routine caused outbursts, meltdowns, and lots and lots of tears. When he was two years old, and we had a second baby, there were many days when something would overwhelm or upset him and he would scream and cry for six hours a day. This isn’t an exaggeration. Transitioning to preschool was tough as was kindergarten and grade one and… This continued into grade five where we started to notice that his anxiety was having a significant effect on his performance at school. His teacher was not seeing what we were seeing as our child was good at going through the motions at school. He was in many ways the invisible kid in the classroom. He followed the rules. He worked diligently when he was supposed to. No one was the wiser that he would come home after a day of...

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