Let me say it again, there is NO CURE FOR ADHD!
There is no cure for being five foot ten inches. There is no cure for having green eyes and blond hair. There is no cure for genetics. There is no cure for development, either under or over development.
Yes, in physical instances there are interventions that can change you temporarily and in some cases permanently.
But someone with blonde hair is going to be someone with blonde hair no matter what the name of the color on the bottle in the bathroom is.
There are things like …
I had a deviated septum. It was a result of genetics and a possible blow to the nose as a child. But the deal is that I had surgery to correct it. Complications resulted in my septum now not being deviated, but also not being complete. There’s a hole in my nose that leads from one side to the other. I can put a cotton swab in one nostril, through that hole and out the other nostril. It’s a great party trick.
The point is, there are things that cannot be cured, things that cannot be changed.
And when it comes to the brain …
Folks like to think that all I need to do is think differently. I wouldn’t be so distracted if I just paid attention.
The problem with my ADHD isn’t that I allow myself to be distracted, it is that I bring to bear as much attention as I can control, but it is not enough to keep me from being distracted.
And this is because …
This is completely down to the fact that my brain has developed in this way.
Is it arrested development? Is it wrong development? Well, we think ADHD is a brain that is under-developed, but there is no way to initiate a completion of that development. Again, there is no cure.
When people with ADHD are thought of as being less mature and more childlike, this may be the reason. And when we tell people that we may be in our thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, whatever, but we feel like we’re still somewhere between twelve and eighteen, this is likely why.
I am not saying I’m childish, But parts of my character that are absolutely child like.
Moving on …
This means that there is nothing that one can do, currently, that will impact ADHD and cure it.
Vitamins? Not on. Diet? Nope. Dr. Dewnothings Magic Mind Pills? Frack that noise.
And if your child has been diagnosed?
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you might be wondering if you can assist them in developing to the point that they will be cured.
Statistics still talk about the percentage of children with ADHD that don’t grow out of it. That would suggest that there is a complimentary percentage that do grow out of it. There was a time when we thought everyone did, we now know that’s not true.
If you want to know if a healthy diet and physical activity will help, if you want to know if education and a well rounded schedule of activities will guarantee that your child will grow out of having ADHD then I have to tell you, there are no guarantees.
If you want to know if you should do those things anyway, my answer is yes. Why wouldn’t you?
And I would like to point out that we have know way of knowing whether or not that will make the difference of your child being able to cope with their disorder or being barely able to get by with it.