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TOPIC: A Mom's Perspective on ADHD

A Mom's Perspective on ADHD 07 Jul 2013 14:31 #230

A Mom's Perspective on ADHD
Posted April 30, 2013 by Diana K. Rodriguez medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD

A child with ADHD may struggle at home, at school, and
in relationships. One mom shares her story of ADHD in
the family and how she helps her kids succeed.

Forgotten homework, lost sports uniforms, a messy bedroom — the daily struggles of raising a child are similar from home to home, but for a family with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), they present added challenges.

Tracie Giles, 44, of Canton, Mich., knows all about parenting for ADHD, and then some. Two of her four children — Beau, 12, and Tyson, 10 — have the condition. So does her husband, and her youngest son, 5, shows signs that he may have it as well.

"Tyson was diagnosed in first grade because he was having problems in school," Giles says. "He’s the hyperactive sub-type — he's like the Energizer bunny and has tons of energy." Giles started learning everything she could about ADHD and soon realized that the symptoms of inattentive-type ADHD sounded a lot like her oldest son, Beau. Soon Beau and Tyson were both diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Beau was also diagnosed with depression.


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