In the United States, 5.4 million children between 4 and 17 years of age have ever been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A childhood disorder, ADHD is characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Most children have combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive ADHD, in which they have six or more inattention symptoms and six or more hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, noted the National Institute of Mental Health.
Mothers play a large role in the management of their child’s ADHD. Their views were the subject of a new survey conducted by Mom Central Consulting and Noven Therapeutics, LLC.
Called “Kids and ADHD: Assessing Where Moms Stand on Treatment,” it was conducted in August 2012 and included 1,011 moms who had children between 6 and 17 years of age who had ADHD and were being treated with medication.
They found that 78 percent of the mothers surveyed feel empowered since their child began treatment with any ADHD medication.
Dr. Patricia Quinn, a developmental pediatrician, co-founder and director of the Center for Girls and Women with ADHD in Washington, D.C., and former clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, talked to EmpowHER about the survey results and gave advice for mothers of children with ADHD.
About half of the mothers surveyed have had difficulty maintaining their child’s treatment schedule. What tips can you give to mothers for managing their child’s treatment schedule?
As ADHD is a genetically-inherited disorder in the majority of cases, I have found that many mothers have difficulty maintaining a treatment schedule for their child because of their own ADHD symptoms. Forgetfulness and distractibility may impair their ability to be consistent with their child's medication schedule.
Therefore, my first recommendation is to make sure that these mothers are adequately treating their own ADHD.