To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Helping a Child with ADHD Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Research has shown that up to seven of every 10 children with ADHD have clinical sleep disturbances. This is important because disturbed or inadequate sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity, impulsivity, or irritability. Here are a number of steps parents can take to help a child with ADHD get a better night’s sleep.

How ADHD Can Trigger Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria

Many individuals with ADHD also suffer from rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) – an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception—not necessarily the reality—that they have been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD can negatively impact social interactions, relationships and job performance.

The Hidden Costs of ADHD

Recent research conducted at Florida International University has estimated that on average, families of kids with ADHD spent $15,036 per child—not including medication or therapy—and families of kids without ADHD spent $2,848 over the course of a child’s development. The study aims to alert parents to the importance of early diagnosis and treatment to help reduce the impact on the family.

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