There are a number of factors that can affect the decision of parents with children having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with regard to the initiation, continuation, stopping and even in choosing what type of treatment shall be given to their children. What are usually the reasons of it?
There have been studies, research, and even survey with regard to these issues. Based on reliable researches, among 52 parents having children and adults diagnosed to have the inattentive and hyperactive symptoms of ADHD with ages from 6 to 17 years old of which sixty percent are male, have been asked why they decide to start, continue or stop the treatment of their patients. Out of the many responses of the parents, here are the most common and have been approved by studies and research.
The most common response they had is parent stressors. Parents having children or adult relative identified to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may usually feel and experience doubt within themselves, pressure and blame. They may either hesitate to start, continue or stop the treatment because they are afraid of what may be the result and be blamed for negative results. Also, they may experience emotional burdens in decision making. Parents denying the disorder of their children may also be a factor in the issues concerning ADHD treatment. This can hinder the option of having either a therapy which can make the inattention and hyperactivity of the patient even worse. Poor communication with health specialists and teachers in charge of the children may also be one of the reasons for patients to stop and change the treatment of their children. The support and encouragement of other family members also affect the decision of parents. On the other hand, failure of other therapies and medications on some of ADHD patients also give fear to the parents.
There are so many factors that can start, continue or stop the therapies and medications a certain patient is under with or is planning to be under with. The decision of parents is a very important factor and at the same time, the decision and recommendation of health takers must also be prioritized and considered. Before we start, continue, strop or change the therapy or medication the patient is engaged with, it is very important to consult the attending doctor for assessment and for further observation of the inattentive and hyperactive symptoms of the patient.
Nevertheless, whenever you decide to stop any treatment for ADHD patients, always consult your doctor first.