ADHD and Aggression
Children with ADHD exhibit a variety of behaviors and emotions in response to their condition, and this can sometimes include aggression. As an ADHD parent, the last thing you want your child to resort to is any kind of violence, If you are dealing with a child who is suffering from ADHD with aggression, there are a few steps you can take that may encourage more positive behavior.
Some tips for ADHD and aggression include:
- Look for patterns - Many children display predictable behavior sequences before they become agitated and aggressive. Are they more aggressive at home or in public? In the morning or afternoon? By determining when your child is most aggressive, you can often prevent or quickly attend to issues that may arise.
- Determine triggers - Many times, certain people or situations can cause ADHD aggression. School is a common trigger, and your child may be the victim of bullying, or may be a bully due to low self-esteem.
- React appropriately - Having an aggressive child can be extremely frustrating, but it is important not to become aggressive yourself when dealing with a situation. Raising your voice or becoming physical with your child can only reinforce the behavior you are trying to avoid. Keep your cool and react to situations quickly and calmly.
- Get them involved - Oftentimes, ADHD aggression is the result of pent up energy. Children may want to hit, kick, and scream to release this energy. Involving them in high-energy activities can help them burn off some of this energy and make new friends, all while building confidence and self-esteem.
If your child has ADHD and is showing signs of aggression, these tips may be able to help you build a stronger, more positive relationship with your child, all while fostering appropriate ADHD behavior patterns that your child can use into adulthood. Speak with your health-care provider to determine your condition and to discuss available options for you or your child.