A local mother has started a support group for mothers with children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Panera in Bentonville, Ark. Meetings will continue the first Tuesday of each month. You can keep in contact with the support group activities at the ADHD Support Group website. Although ADHD is the main theme, mothers with children diagnosed with any behavioral issues are welcome to attend.
Managing a child struggling with ADHD and other behavior issues is taxing to a mother's spirit. It can challenge a mother’s ability to parent and cause a strain on the family. Parents with children diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to divorce than those who aren't. According to a study in 2008, the separation rate for parents with ADHD children by the time the child turns 8 years old is about 22% versus 12.5% for parents with healthy children. The rates are even higher when you factor in ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) or conduct disorder. The study found that if the parents stay together through the child's first 8 years then they will most likely stay together. This gives more reason to believe a support group would be beneficial to many women going through similar issues. Mothers finding other mothers going through similar issues can be comforting.
What this mother hopes for the support group is a way for mothers to find, share and learn from one another and most of all to be a support system. She hopes to learn how other parents handle discipline, treatment, medication, school issues, etc. She also hopes her experiences can help guide others as well. This will be a place where women can share successes and failures, trade information on doctors and clinics, laugh and cry together - judgment free. She believes letting go of how we as parents of ADHD or behavior challenged children are perceived in public is the first hurdle to overcome in this journey. “It and accepting our children for who they are is the best start to surviving this journey with your sanity in tact.”
If you are interested in being a part of the support group go to the ADHD Support Group website.