Dr. William Dodson, expert on ADHD issues states that it is estimated that those with ADHD receive 20,000 more negative messages by age 12 than those without the condition. This may be due to the characteristics of ADHD including:
- Unable to give close attention to detail or makes careless mistakes
- Struggles to follow-through on instructions
- Avoids or dislikes task requiring sustained mental effort
- Losing things necessary for task or activities
- unorganized and messy.
Children, teens and adults with ADHD more than likely grew up hearing, “you’re lazy and can’t do anything right.” Low self-esteem develops from constant negative feedback believing they are not smart or good enough.
The following articles provide tips, resources and information on ways to build self-confidence in kids with ADHD: