Learn How ADHD Can Manifest
It is ADHD awareness month and I wanted to highlight some of the aspects of ADHD that are not as obvious as the hyperactivity, lack of focus, and impulsivity that people usually connect with ADHD.
ADHD can affect relationships.
Some students with ADHD experience low self-esteem for a variety of reasons. They may have difficulty cultivating friendships and can struggle to relate within their family system as well. If you notice this in your child, consider connecting with a good therapist to help them build their social-emotional skills.
ADHD often occurs in conjunction with other mental health and learning challenges.
Students with ADHD may also struggle with anxiety and/or depression, dyslexia, processing disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and speech and hearing issues, among others.
ADHD can affect sleep.
People with ADHD can struggle with snoring, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. ADHD may also affect circadian rhythms, meaning students may stay up late and then want to sleep in, which doesn't match well with school schedules.
If you'd like to learn more about ADHD, ADDitude Magazine is a good resource.