There are many things that clinicians, healthcare professionals, and educators can do to help the individual with ADD and his family to improve the quality of their lives. The satisfaction of participating in this process is unbelievable.
However, the biggest challenge of working with Attention Deficit Disorder is that it is so unpredictable. Just when we think that, together, we have made it over the hump–that now it’s licked–invariably (maybe it’s next week, maybe it’s next month, or maybe it is in a year or so) the bottom falls out again. A new expectation comes along and the road for the person with ADD gets bumpy again.
While we all can intellectually appreciate that ADD is a chronic, biologically-based difference that results in recurrent dysfunction, it is a whole different thing for professionals to accept this emotionally.
It is common for professionals to experience a sense of failure and feel disappointed when significant problems resurface in a patient after a sustained period of apparent normal functioning.
In addition to grappling with his own emotions, the clinician must face the challenge of supporting the ADD individual and his family in their coming to grips with the chronic nature of ADD. This can be particularly difficult when what everyone really wants is a simple, easy answer.
Finally, with the persistence of the problem, inevitably comes the guilt on the part of parents, teachers, and clinicians who think, “if only I had…”
Are you a doctor, clinician, educator or parent who has thought, “If only I had…”?