Dealing with ADD/ADHD in the home
By TRACEY SHIPLEY, JUDITH POSNER
March 5, 2015 14:07
Bored little boy in classroom (illustrative).
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)
“ADD/ADHD is called a ‘disorder’ for a reason…it ‘dis-orders’ things in one’s life…” – Dr. Gabor Mate Do you know people who always seems to be looking for chaos? They are consistently late, disorganized and stressed. Does it seem as though if they don’t find the chaos they are looking for, they actually create it? Does this sound like one of your teens or even you? According to the excellent treatment of this topic in Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey, this tendency is a basic feature of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). In their groundbreaking book, Hallowell and Ratey discuss the troubling issues associated with this syndrome, including a vast range of symptoms such as underperformance at school, difficulties in developing and maintaining relationships, impulsive behaviors, short tempers, difficulty completing tasks and various other problematic behaviors.