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The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

The more 2 parents differ in their approaches to discipline, the more likely it leads to trouble for the child.

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

If you (parents) tend to overreact to your child's misbehaviour - your child learns that he can't trust you. Mom, Dad, stay regulated!

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More FAQ about ADD/ADHD

3. What are the theories about causes of ADD,ADHD?

There have been many theories about the cause of ADD/ADHD but there is no consensus among the experts.

a) brain injury – caused by trauma or disease – this was one of the first theories however current thinking suggests that this causes relatively few cases

b) delayed brain maturation – the brain is simply slow in developing some of its functions and it will eventually catch up – there is little direct neurological evidence supporting this theory

c) toxic poisoning – this theory says that the brain has been assaulted by a toxic substance that has disrupted development – examples: lead poisoning, prenatal use of drugs or alcohol

d) food additives – this was a major field of study in the 1970’s and 80’s led by Dr. Benjamin Feingold who believed hyperactivity was caused by artificial flavours and colouring. Rigorous scientific studies do not support this theory.

e) allergies – there is limited evidence to suggest a link between environmental influences and ADD/ADHD

f) medical illness – some medical conditions mimic ADD/ADHD symptoms ( see a previous posting re: differential diagnosis)

g) medications – some meds trigger ADD/ADHD symptoms (examples: Dilantin, Dimetapp, cold medicines)

h) heredity – an ADHD child is 4 times more likely to have a close relative with ADHD than a child without ADHD “chip off the old block”

i) family stressors – divorce, poor parenting, poverty, attachment disorder, etc.

j) brain chemistry – medical community by and large supports this theory. It appears that ADD/ADHD sufferers have unbalanced levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

The bottom line:

  • experts do not know what causes ADD/ADHD
  • there are probably a combination of factors leading to ADD/ADHD
  • research continues

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