If you are a parent of a child with ADHD and feel like you are hanging on by a thread, you are not alone. As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, emotions are running high and patience is running low. I’m hearing from many parents who are feeling guilty about having a short fuse with their child, especially since they recognize that having ADHD makes it harder for their child to cope with school closures and home confinement.
If you are a parent who is losing patience quickly or responding to your child with angry outbursts that mirror their own negative emotions and behavior, resist the urge to become frustrated or angry with yourself. Instead, consider that your short fuse may be more of a reflection of your own unmet needs than a reflection of your parenting.
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For parents of kids with ADHD, there are three things that will help you manage your emotions better during the current crisis:
Staying emotionally healthy during the coronavirus crisis isn’t easy, but even small steps can help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, start by taking five minutes out of your day to do something just for yourself – even if that means simply sitting outside or listening to one of your favorite songs. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, reach out to a therapist for help or contact the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line (a non-profit organization).
Mary Rooney, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Rooney is a researcher and clinician specializing in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD and co-occurring behavioral, anxiety, and mood disorders. A strong advocate for those with attention and behavior problems, Dr. Rooney is committed to developing and providing comprehensive, cutting edge treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and adolescent. Dr. Rooney's clinical interventions and research avenues emphasize working closely with parents and teachers to create supportive, structured home and school environments that enable children and adolescents to reach their full potential. In addition, Dr. Rooney serves as a consultant and ADHD expert to Huntington Learning Centers.
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