Little Johnny is sitting at the back of his second grade class. He is talking to his friend wondering just how much longer this class could possibly last. Then he blurts out "AFRICA". His teacher Mrs. Johnson reminds Johnny to wait for a question to be asked before he answers. He can't wait to get out of this prison. He now needs to find a way to release some of his energy so Johnny starts tapping his feet while playing finger drums. As his teacher continues her daily lesson Johnny all of the sudden starts to daydream, leading him to that happier place, then without warning the bell rings. Little Johnny feels like a bird just let out of its cage. After school his mom asks him what he learned in school and if there is any homework. Johnny is at a loss for words because he simply didn't pay attention in class.
The story above is not uncommon. It is estimated that up to 10% of school aged children have ADHD and 80% of them underperform academically. After all how could it be any other way with symptoms like inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity being the primary drivers of the condition? ADHD children primarily struggle with sustained attention, concentration, and the ability to finish tasks. The child may also struggle with over activity and impulsiveness. Many children of preschool age are nervous, struggle communicating and interacting, and generally behave badly. They appear inattentive. They may fidget and squirm. Their impulsivity may prompt them to blurt out, answering question before they are asked. In the later childhood years such children may mover their legs restlessly, move and fidget their hands, talk impulsively, be very forgetful, and be disorganized. Aggression is generally not a part of the mix at this age.
The fact is attention deficit hyperactivity is a problem with self regulation. While almost everyone has an occasional lapse in self regulation, especially when tired or uninterested, those struggling with ADHD are more likely to have problems controlling their attention, managing their impulses, modulating their moods, and managing their activity levels.
In summary, ADHD is a biological condition of the brain with a genetic backdrop. Adults with ADHD who have looked back on their childhood experienced feel as if their creativity was strangled or they were a round pet trying to fit into a square hole. Generally the ADHD child is not less intelligent than their peers, they just process information in a different way requiring a more flexible and understand environment for success.
What next? Sometimes children need a little extra help to alleviate their symptoms and clear the road roadblocks that are getting in the way. ADHD remedies such as homeopathy are a good place to start. The harmful short-term and long-term side effects of ADHD prescription drugs are reason enough to seek out alternative treatment options for your child. Rather than put your child's health at risk, research alternative treatment methods like homeopathy so you can treat ADHD safely, gently, and effectively.