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Living with ADHD as a Family

Updated on October 20, 2009

If you have a member of your family that has ADHD then everyone in your family is living with ADHD.

It definitely affects everyone since things are no longer normal.

Everything from ADHD sleep disorders to ADHD and depression. Everyone is living with ADHD and it does take its tolls on the family.

The stress levels go up in everyone.

My wife and I are the proud parents of four great children, most of the time anyway. Just kidding I think!

With our second oldest child, who has ADHD, it made raising the other children that much harder.

Trying to keep the same rules for all when all things were not equal is tough.

Having a member of the family with a mental illness is hard since most people are not able to understand that the mind has a problem.

My wife and I have always said it would be a lot easier if he would have been born with some kind of deformity rather than with his mental illness. At least then other people including his brothers and sister could identify he was different.

The ADHD sleep disorders caused all kinds of havoc of the other children. They couldn’t understand why he slept all the time or got to stay up later than they did. Trust me it wasn’t that he got to, it was that we either couldn’t wake him up, or he just wouldn’t go to sleep.

When he was in the seventh grade my wife got so frustrated because he wouldn’t get up that the truant officer from the school came. He couldn’t get him up either, even dressed in a full police officer uniform. That is sleeping hard.

ADHD and depression is a heart breaker. That also caused long periods of sleep. Trying to attach consequences was almost useless based on our skills and knowledge.

He has grown up now and has additional mental disabilities that have made him totally disabled. This is not the norm though.

When he was a child up to the age of around eighteen all we had to deal with was the ADHD and bipolar disorder.

Living with ADHD you need help in the form of information and skills to use.

Our whole family suffered just from one child having AHDA. Yes living with ADHD is hell.

Thank you and May God Bless You!

Parenting a Child with ADHD


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