Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and its Implications for Family Life
NASET ADHD SERIES
By Monika Lopez
This issue of NASET’s ADHD series was written by Monika Lopez. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that has affected children, adolescents, and adults worldwide. Characterized by behavioral and social-emotional impediments and impairments, ADHD presents challenges for both the diagnosed individual and family members living alongside them. Family life becomes negatively impacted when children or adolescents are diagnosed with ADHD. Significant measures of impulsivity cause behavioral outbursts (tantrums) for children and adolescents with ADHD. As a result, there is a significant impact on the social-emotional wellbeing of the diagnosed individual, parents/caregivers, siblings, and other family members who live in the same home or spend a considerable amount of time participant of the behavioral management of these ADHD-typical responses. Additional implications like parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, family social life, and marital life are negatively impacted. Families must take special consideration into the parenting styles and communicative approaches to which they are handling the behavioral management of their children or adolescents. Above all, family resilience is a critical component of effective behavioral management and is impactful towards positive family life.