AD/HD negatively affects a child’s social and educational performance and can seriously damage his or her self-esteem. Children with AD/HD have impaired relationships with their peers, and may be looked upon as social outcasts. It is a chronic condition and can sometimes overwhelm parents when they have to deal with AD/HD characteristics on a daily basis. Thats why help is very important, it can come from someone they can trust and/or someone who has experience in mental heal health like doctors, nurses, school counselors, religious leaders and private facilities and services. Most of the help are easily available and can be found on the yellow pages and the Internet.
Here are a few links to websites that provide valuable information about AD/HD.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national advocacy organization for individuals affected by ADHD. CHADD organizes local chapters for information and support.
National Alliance for the Mental Illness (NAMI) is a national advocacy organization for those affected by mental illness in our country. NAMI provides general information and support opportunities for many mental illnesses.
National Institute of Mental Health held a consensus conference on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in November, 1998. Searching this site, you will find the consensus statement that came from the meeting.