Dangerous Thrills: ADHD and Risky Behavior
As a whole, this subject is not very encouraging, especially for parents or spouses of those with ADHD. In fact, it can be a downright scary topic. The possibility of dangerous risk-taking behaviors threatens the dreams and hopes parents have for their children. Similarly, spouses wonder if their marriages are doomed due to the chance of infidelity, gambling debt, or drug problems.
Take heart, though! Take this information and use it! Make sure your child's ADHD is treated as effectively as possible. Talk to your kids about these risky situations -- and how to deal with them -- early and often.
What if your spouse has you worried? As you are probably well aware, there is little you can do to control the behavior of another adult. However, it can be helpful to know that risky behavior is often a symptom of ADHD, not necessarily a sign of moral weakness, disregard for you, or some other personal failure. Encouraging your spouse to seek adequate treatment for this condition, rather than focusing on changing their problem behaviors alone, will likely be an easier and more effective task.
What if you are the one with ADHD? It's comforting to have an explanation for your sometimes inexplicable behavior. In addition, this knowledge may give you hope that effective treatment could help you keep your risky impulses under control. No, it won't be easy, and you will slip up from time to time, but with treatment, you'll have more tools in your proverbial toolbox to help you avoid unnecessary and dangerous risks.