I’ve been a member of this group for a little while and it’s been comforting to see that what our family is going through is not unique.
My 5 year old has been diagnosed with ADHD and potential ODD (needs further observation at this stage). He’s a handful. I’d never even really paid much attention to what ADHD was until about 12 months ago when we realised that something ‘more’ was happening with him than normal in regards to defiance, moods and tantrums.
He is like Jeckle and Hyde. One minute he is a loving caring kid and the next he is screaming his head off over something trivial that he wants but can’t get. He’s disrespectful and rude and can’t be reasoned with.
He’s been on Ritalin (short dose) for 2 weeks now and we’re told he has improved noticeably at school. But it has worn off by the time he comes home and he’s hard work.
As a dad I’m really struggling with his moods. I’m trying to understand that he can’t help it, but his rudeness and refusal to listen to calm reason just pushes my buttons. I’m so sad that I can’t have a normal relationship with my beautiful boy, and I’m dreading what this will turn into as he gets older.
Can anyone recommend good coping mechanisms or techniques for a dad who is struggling.