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Do you think that ADHD is an excuse for misbehaving children?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: No but may be factor

Adhd can cause children to behave impulsively and cause disruptions in many settings.
It is a treatable disorder for which medicatoins and good behavioral systems can greatly reduce problem behaviors. That said, studies do show that those with adhd tend to be somewhat behind their peers socially, so parents may need to help find the right structure for them.

In brief: No but may be factor

Adhd can cause children to behave impulsively and cause disruptions in many settings.
It is a treatable disorder for which medicatoins and good behavioral systems can greatly reduce problem behaviors. That said, studies do show that those with adhd tend to be somewhat behind their peers socially, so parents may need to help find the right structure for them.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
5 doctors agree

In brief: No.

When i explain adhd to children, i tell them, " it's not your fault, but it is your problem." the more specific information you give a child about his/ her strengths & weaknesses, how medications work, & what behaviors they need to work on, the better they cope.
Adhd is a neurodevelopmental disorder, not a behavior problem. See chadd.Org.

In brief: No.

When i explain adhd to children, i tell them, " it's not your fault, but it is your problem." the more specific information you give a child about his/ her strengths & weaknesses, how medications work, & what behaviors they need to work on, the better they cope.
Adhd is a neurodevelopmental disorder, not a behavior problem. See chadd.Org.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Adha

Misbehaving is part of poor impulse control which is part of adhd.

In brief: Adha

Misbehaving is part of poor impulse control which is part of adhd.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: It's complicated

Oh, if life were so simple.
Misbehaving children can have adhd or other conditions which influence irritability and impulse control, but that does not mean that behavior is a simple product of disease. Consequences, rewards, modeling, stress, the child's intelligence, coping skills, all play a part. Adhd children do have a higher frequency of oppositional and conduct problems, but not all.

In brief: It's complicated

Oh, if life were so simple.
Misbehaving children can have adhd or other conditions which influence irritability and impulse control, but that does not mean that behavior is a simple product of disease. Consequences, rewards, modeling, stress, the child's intelligence, coping skills, all play a part. Adhd children do have a higher frequency of oppositional and conduct problems, but not all.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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