ADHD medications cost a lot of money. Therefore, as a parent with a kid who has Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you have to figure out a way of catering for the cost of the medications. And this is where you come to realize that there are at least three ways in which you can handle the cost of the ADHD medications.
Firstly, if your employer provides a good medical insurance cover, you may be able to have the cost of your kid’s ADHD medications catered for by the insurer. If, for instance, you are a Walmart team member, you can pay a visit to Walmart One portal, log in there, and check the limits of your medical insurance package. You may be lucky to find that the medical insurance coverage limits are high enough to cater for your kids’ ADHD medication and still leave you with a balance that is high enough to cater for other medical needs in the family.
Secondly, if you are self-employed (as a businessperson, consultant or something else), you may be able to cater for the cost of ADHD medication out-of-pocket: that is, using your own private means. Whereas ADHD medications do cost quite a bit of money, they are not as expensive as you may initially fear. If you decide to set aside a few dollars daily, chances are that you will have adequate funds to finance the purchase of the medications by the end of each month. You just have to be consistent in setting aside funds for the purpose.
Thirdly, it may be possible for you to have the cost of ADHD medication covered by the government. There are government departments that deal with these sorts of things. If you can demonstrate to them that your kid has ADHD, and that you are unable to pay for the ADHD medications using your own private means, they may be in a position to give you the money to buy the medications. Alternatively, they can buy the medications to you. We also have charities that work with kids who are suffering from these sorts of disorders, and they too may be in a position to help you in financing the purchase of the medications that your kid needs to cope with ADHD.
The task of bringing up a child who has Asperger’s syndrome is challenging, but also very rewarding. As a parent or guardian to a child who has Asperger’s syndrome, you need to take the situation positively. You need to understand that the task of bringing up any child comes with unique challenges – because every child is unique in his or her own way. And inasmuch as you are able to figure out that your child has Asperger’s syndrome, you should be grateful for that diagnosis – because you’d otherwise have had to live with the kid’s quirks without knowing what was behind them. The moment you get an Asperger’s diagnosis, things are made easier for you: because you are able to understand your kid’s behaviors within the Asperger’s framework, and to understand how to deal with them properly within that framework.
The biggest challenge you will have to deal with, when bringing up a child who has Asperger’s syndrome, is that of ensuring that the kid grows up with good social skills. It is worth noting that the only difficulty that Asperger’s syndrome brings is in the area of social functioning. And, thankfully, there are lots of resources online that you can take advantage of, to come up with strategies for bringing up your Asperger’s kid, so as to ensure that he ends up with good social skills.
You don’t need to despair. There are people who were born with Asperger’s syndrome, but who were so well brought up that they ended up with more or less normal social lives. I came across one such person last month: a very kind lady who helped me to figure out how to use the Kroger feedback system. Much as she suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, the lady has many friends and acquaintances, and she carries herself with a lot of grace. She has a normal, even enviable, social life. I actually only got to know that she has Asperger’s when she introduced me to a support group she runs for parents with kids who suffer from Asperger’s syndrome. Otherwise there was absolutely nothing even remotely odd about her behavior, and there was no way one could tell that she suffers from the syndrome. Of course, levels of affectedness differ from one Asperger’s case to another. But it is a condition that can be well coped with. If you give your kid a positive upbringing, chances are that he or she will be able to cope well with life, notwithstanding the Asperger’s syndrome.
Over the last few years, I have been involved in setting up and running numerous support groups for parents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) kids. One topic that soon or later comes up for discussion in these support groups is that of ADHD medications. The ADHD medications in question are very controversial. Doctors tell us that it is possible to improve the quality of ADHD kids’ lives through the use of the medications. And pretty much every parent who has a ADHD kid would truly wish to see the kid enjoying a high quality of life. Yet in spite of those facts, many parents seem to be very reluctant to give their kids ADHD medications.
There are parents who are reluctant to give their kids ADHD medications because the side effects associated with the medications make them uncomfortable.
There are other parents who are reluctant to give their kids ADHD medications because they are uncomfortable with the fact that these medications are often addictive. There are parents who are uncomfortable with these drugs because they know that if the kids get used to such high levels of stimulation, it will be hard for them to live without the drugs later on in life. Scarier is the fact that Kids who get used to the CNS stimulant medications dispensed in ADHD treatment are only likely to start craving for even more potent stimulants as adults. And that can push them into illegal drugs use – which is a perilous route to take, especially when you consider the fact that the registers of inmates in jails are mostly made up of people who have been jailed due to illegal drug use.
Finally, we have parents who are reluctant to give their kids ADHD medications because they feel that ADHD is not a condition that warrants the usage/administration of such strong drugs. There are parents who hold onto the belief that ADHD is a condition that can be managed through behavioral interventions. There are parents who believe that if they take the trouble to cultivate discipline in their ADHD kids alongside good social skills, and if they train the kids to control their hyperactive impulses, the kids should be able to cope with life without having to depend on medications.
A question that greatly torments the minds of parents who have ADHD kids is the one on how to go about cultivating discipline in such kids. It is not an easy question to deal with. We all know how difficult ADHD kids can be to deal with, especially when it comes to matters to do with discipline. ADHD also has this tendency to make the kids come across as being ‘rather obnoxious’. There is also the fact that ADHD is known to test parents’ patience to the hilt. So, how does one go about cultivating discipline in a kid who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in spite of all these facts?
In my experience, the key to success when cultivating discipline in a child who has ADHD lies in proper role modeling. The parent has to act as a good example for the kid to ape. This applies to all kids, not just those who happen to have ADHD. Beyond role-modeling, there is also the aspect of the parent being consistently gentle, but firm. When dealing with a kid who has ADHD, one easily gets tempted to be rough. If you yield to this temptation, you will only end up making things worse.
The ultimate objective is to ensure that the kid is empowered to live a normal life, in spite of having ADHD. One of the major things that can hinder a kid who has ADHD from living a normal life is the loss in executive function that is associated with ADHD. And this is precisely where the need arises for special care to be taken when trying to cultivate discipline in a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In the final analysis, if a kid with ADHD is brought up in the right manner, there is no reason as to why he shouldn’t grow into a fully well-adjusted individual. We are talking about an individual who is, for instance, able to hold down a job and receive a paycheck through Securitasepay.com or some other such payroll system. But conversely, if one is not careful when trying to cultivate discipline in a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it is very easy for the kid to grow into a totally maladjusted individual.
It is possible to live a normal life, in spite of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I know of quite a good number of people who have the disorder, and who are living reasonably normal lives, in spite of it. A disorder like ADHD shouldn’t, for instance, make it impossible for you to go to a site like the Sunbiz portal and try to register a company there. In spite of having ADHD, it should be possible for you to undertake things like Sunbiz fictitious name filing on the Sunbiz website, which is accessible at www.sunbiz.org. The point I am trying to make is this: that ADHD shouldn’t be the sort of disorder to debilitate you completely, and make it impossible for you to live a reasonably normal life.
Admittedly, for the people with the severer cases of ADHD, it may be necessary to use medications in order to have a normal life. But as we saw in our last blog post, it is possible to cope with ADHD without using medications, especially for those with milder cases of the disorder.
In most cases, the most important thing is to be in a position to identify the manifestations of ADHD in one’s life, and try to work against them. This is one of the areas where cognitive and behavioral therapy can be of great use. The thing with disorders like ADHD is that they ‘try’ to get you to behave in certain ways: it is as if they have minds of their own. Thus, the focus of the therapy should be to help the patient/client to be cognizant of such instances, where the ADHD ‘tries’ to get him to behave in certain ways, and then act in the opposite way.
Besides seeking therapy, there is one more thing that can be of great help when trying to live a normal life in spite of having ADHD: namely participation in ADHD support groups. Through these groups, you get a chance to learn how others cope with ADHD. That way, you get to figure out ways in which you can, in turn, cope with the condition — and live a normal life in spite of it.
The question as to whether it is possible to cope with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) without using medications is a difficult one. Opinion on the issue is divided. There are some experts who are of the view that it is indeed possible to cope with ADHD without using medications. Then there are other experts who are of the view that it is very hard to cope with ADHD without using medications. In a bid to navigate through these sorts of complex issues, people go to great lengths to set up online forums and establish support groups for ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.
In trying to understand whether it is possible to cope with ADHD without using medications, we need historical perspective. Thus we have to start by noting that ADHD only started being widely diagnosed in the recent past. Thus, for years, people lived with ADHD, without knowing it, and without using any medications. Whether such people — who had ADHD, but were undiagnosed and therefore not using medications – enjoyed a high quality of life is another question altogether. The people who argue that it is possible to cope with ADHD without using medications tend to have one thing in common. They tend to be members of the school of thought that believes that the folks who push ADHD medications too much are only out to make profits. We are all conversant with the controversies surrounding the so-called ‘big pharma’.
On my part, I tried to carry out an informal survey, to establish what other people who struggle with ADHD (either themselves, or through their kids) think about the whole issue. I was trying to find out from them whether it is possible to cope with the condition without using medications. To get started, I went to www.sbcglobal.net. Once there, I proceed to log into my SBCglobal email account, after which I sent a mass email to the members of my various ADHD support groups: with the question as to whether or not it is possible to cope with ADHD without using medications.
The only conclusion I can draw from my informal survey is this: that the extent to which one can cope with ADHD without using medications depends on the severity of the ADHD. There are folks with mild cases of ADHD who are able to cope with the condition quite well without using medications. But such folks often have lower quality of life, and this is something to be aware of. There are other folks with severer cases of ADHD, and who may have difficulties coping with the condition without using medications.