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Posted March 20, 2021 by:nepeds


Written by Vicki Gedert, LPCC

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is believed to occur in most cultures around the world. Estimates vary, but it is seen in about 5-11 % of children and often lasts into adulthood. Over-activity and impulsiveness are often the first things that come to mind when thinking of ADHD. However, there are many unseen impacts of this neurodevelopmental disorder. When we look at the symptoms of ADHD what we see is only the tip of the iceberg.

Here are some of the unseen aspects of the disorder:

Children with ADHD can be creative, fun-loving, and enthusiastic. The key is to provide them with the help they need. Instill as much structure, routine, and consistency as possible in their lives. Think of yourself as training wheels for your child’s mental and emotional development. You need to be available throughout their lives to guide your child toward independence.

Suggestions include:

Don’t lose hope. The following people have all been reported to have ADHD:

            Michael Phelps

            Adam Levine

            Simone Biles

            Justin Timberlake

For more information on ADHD you can check out these books and websites:

Vicki Gedert, LPCC, has been a Counselor at Northeast Cincinnati Pediatrics since 2012 and currently sees patients in our Mason office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.