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Hoarding Disorder often co-exists with other mental and physical disorders.
They don't cause hoarding. They complicate life and the specialized work to recover from Hoarding Disorder.
I was diagnosed with ADD late in life. At 34 years old, my diagnosis came as I was approaching my last year of graduate school, working full-time as an elementary school teacher, and raising my son, who was 7 years old at the time. Four years have passed since that life-altering moment — a point when I felt like I was losing it and couldn’t do it anymore.
Of all the emotions that can get a child into trouble, anger leads the list. While sadness or anxiety causes misery, it is anger that leads to trouble — punishment, suspension, expulsion, and a host of other outcomes we don’t wish our children to suffer.
Being a psychologist who specializes in the assessment and psychosocial treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults, there is often a hurdle to cross when collaborating with clients in their change process. This hurdle relates to the nature of ADHD as a performance problem and not a knowledge problem.1
Parents, we don’t think enough about the language we use to describe our children or their behavior. If you are raising a child with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) or autism and you are still using neurotypical descriptions of behavior, it’s important that you recognize how wholly unhelpful and unhealthy that is.
Emotional regulation skills (also known as self-regulation) empower us to process difficult experiences and feelings without getting overly triggered or spiraling out of control. With attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD), which impairs executive functioning and thus affects the effective management of attention, time, and our emotions, intense emotional reactivity can be as disruptive as almost any other symptom.
Part 1 of this discussion focused on the reverse engineering of procrastivity – a form of procrastination defined as putting off one’s priority task by escaping to a lower priority, but still productive task.1 In that earlier post, I outlined the elements of these escape tasks that make them more desirable, at least when facing a more challenging priority task, particularly for adults with ADHD.
Sometimes, children with attention deficit disorder need help figuring out how to make friends — and keep them. Parents can make a big difference — without stepping on toes — by helping a child with ADHD start a conversation or by “supervising from the window.”