ADHD is a family condition.
There are a number of reasons for saying this so forcefully.
- It's hereditary - 4 out 5 children diagnosed with ADHD have at least one parent with the condition
- ADHD exists in families. It's pretty senseless to only treat the ADHD child when all the good treatment work is immediately being undone by untreated parents and other extended family care-givers
- Even in that one-in-five case where neither parent has it, the parents need to learn about the condition and how to create an ADHD-friendly environment in which the child can thrive
- ADHD treatment has shown to be more effective when family is involved. In fact a study published in 2013 found that parent training was more effective than medication
- And finally, people with ADHD have families, and they live in families. Even if those families are not their biological families, they will live in some “family-like structure,” like a boarding school, or even an orphanage.
The points outlined above demand that the treatment include the family at the very least. The future for every single family member is so much brighter when the whole family gets involved.
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