ADHD Society builds social awareness

Although many famous people like Albert Einstein, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), their creativity and talents were allowed to shine with special care.

In the Kingdom, 15 percent of children suffer from ADHD, which if uncared for, could lead to academic failure, behavior and social problems and, in extreme cases, criminal activity and increased chances of drug addictions.

The ADHD Society works to increase awareness of this condition, correcting perceptions and eliminating stigmas while focusing on harnessing creativity and talent.

The society also draws attention to the fact that there are insufficient clinics to provide comprehensive care service for ADHD and providing recommendations for families and schools.

President of the Society Dr Suad Al-Yamani said during an annual charitable evening to support its clinic and Sponsoring a Genius project on Thursday: “Creativity and ADHD are linked, as children with the condition are 50 percent more talented and skillful than their peers, but I regret the level of services provided to them are less than satisfactory.”

The society, established in 2008, will be treating 1,170 children annually and encouraging donors to support the project by sponsoring a child with ADHD.

It works toward providing a better quality of life for patients by building social awareness among families, the public and those working in the field like physicians, educators, psychologists and sociologists.

The society is also working to attract decision-makers’ support to set bylaws to safeguard patients’ rights and provide them with essential services and healthcare.

It cooperates with the Ministry of Health to focus on diagnosing and treating ADHD sufferers and setting up specialized comprehensive clinics.

The society is organizing training workshops for physicians to diagnose and treat patients and support families.

When seven-year-old ADHD sufferer Khalid was diagnosed, his mother Basma who is a talented designer discovered that she also had the condition.

Understanding that in order for her to be able to help her son, she needed to treat and manage herself first.

Basma has a very difficult time trying to organize herself on daily basis and things become more difficult when there are extra chores she needs to take care of.

 

WALAA HAWARI, ARAB NEWS STAFF

Source: Arab News

  

Updated: 8 December 2013 by Jeremy Varnham