Not every child diagnosed with ADHD grows up in an optimal environment. Some children grow up in families where they may be physically abused or neglected. Others may be born to loving families where they receive better care and given greater understanding. Even when children grow up in loving family environments they still face challenges at school and in other social situations.The neurological disorder which in itself presents e
nough problems to the individual is typically compounded by a variety of environmental factors and conditions.
Some of these may be emotional or social in nature. The experience of not “fitting in”, either socially or academically is likely to become traumatic in itself. As with any disability there is the struggle presented by the disability itself, and the emotional and social challenges which results as we interact and face expectations from both ourselves and those around us. As environmental conditions improve children can adapt to their disability and to make a better social adjustment. Internal frustration is often eased as children learn to develop improved problem-solving ability and learn to communicate with others more effectively.