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ADHD Is Not an Excuse — Ever

Taking medication helps my eight-year-old's symptoms, but we still have a lot of work to do setting his misbehaviors straight.

3 Comments: ADHD Is Not an Excuse — Ever

  1. I feel it is not good to talk to one child about their behaviour with other siblings present. I always talk to them by themselves.

  2. I’m not sure how I feel about this post. I don’t think it explains the situations that have been referenced well enough. As someone with ADHD, as a child I was treated like I was intentionally and punished for undesirable behaviours on a regular basis. I can tell you it does no good other than to reinforce that you have failed, yet again, to behave appropriately. While reading this I feel like I’m the child and wanting to scream at the top of my lungs that it’s not my fault. As you say, ADHD is an explanation. There’s a fine line between teaching appropriate behaviours and punishing the symptoms of a condition.
    Out if curiosity is the writer of this article the same person who posted a comment that went down less than well on another post that describes the internal struggles of someone with ADHD?

    1. I feel I should also mention that I said similar things when my mom used to call me up on undesirebale behaviours. I didn’t mean them. She didn’t understand me and I learned the response she was looking for. However every time I used words like ‘I overreacted’ or ‘I was just late’ I felt like I was suffocating. I wanted to scream at her that I didn’t chose to behave that way, I just did. Courtesy of the ADHD. It’s not an excuse, it’s an explanation.

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