2 thoughts on “Can Kids Outgrow ADHD?

  • March 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I come from a long line of ADHD brains; my grandmother had it, my dad had it, my brother had it, my daughter was just diagnosed and I suspect that my son will be diagnosed in the next year when he’s old enough. Many people question me when I talk about my dad & grandma because it wasn’t a diagnosis when they were children but it’s quite apparent when you consider that my grandma used to climb out onto a train track bridge that spanned a gorge so she could hang by her fingertips while the trains would run overhead. She had a hard time talking her friends into it, but she sure tried! My dad had so many issues at school that my grandma had a standing parent teacher conference every Friday. Many days he came home with the imprint of his teachers ring on his face. My brother was lucky that teachers were no longer allowed to hit kids when he was in school. His only savior was Ritalin, at least until middle school when he started to “grow out of it”. He was no longer army crawling under desks and creating disturbances but he was gearing up for something new.
    In high school he started drinking and his GPA dropped to a .4 not 4.0, but a .4. At that point my mom sent him to military school. He was in the verge of being expelled when my mom straight up bribed him with a car if he graduated with a 3.5 or better. Luckily my parents were financially able to do that when he actually pulled it off. He got into a good college and everything seemed great – until he blew it. He bounced around to a bunch of different schools, worked as a ski lift operator and a bartender for a while but eventually decided that he wanted to do what he had always wanted to do, become a doctor. He spent more time in school than the average person since he already had a Bachelors in Finance before deciding on medical school but now he finally has what he’s always wanted; a career he loves in a fast paced ER and he qualified for MENSA which was a big deal after years of people thinking he was an idiot.
    He still takes Ritalin otherwise his brain gets too overloaded but he’s able to manage it with medication. I can’t even begin to express my disgust with people who refer to ADHD as some bogus diagnosis that’s just an excuse to medicate kids. Anyone who thinks that is ignorant and is intensely disrespectful to parents who have to live with far bigger parenting challenges than they do. My daughter’s ADHD has already been enough to require me to go on an antidepressant otherwise I would be incapacitated by the despair of being such a “bad parent”.

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    • March 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Prudence,

      Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I hope someone out there finds comfort and a sense of relatability in it.

      Blessings,
      Whitney

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