Invisible, yet unmissable. Lamia? Call it ADHD.
This is the irony of a disease, that devours the minds of little children, more Lamia than Lamia will ever be. Marking a global prevalence of one for every ten children, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is an elite player, winning behind “spoiled”s, “careless”s, “ashamed”s, and so much more in a helpless glossary.
That is to say, children with ADHD are misunderstood, almost always, which is the real curse of this disease. Those children often come off as the “unlucky enthusiast”, or “the chatterbox headache”, or the victim of bad parenting, “the mischievous kid”, no matter how hard they try to make a positive impact. Little does everyone know, it was never them in the first place, but the consequences of a damned mental illness. The effect of such lifelong misunderstandings often unlocks chain locks from ADHD to a range of other mental illnesses, including depression.
Diving deeper, the causes of ADHD may vary from child to child. Damages in the nervous system, deficiencies in grey matter, and genetic conditions are a few. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with behavior therapy and medication, if diagnosed.
All in all, I believe, one should think more than twice before coming to terms with a child. Children with ADHD, are never disabled, but differently-abled, putting Alice to shame, because they never leave their wonderlands, in their minds lit like lamps, but lighthouse lamps, as the beam never stays at a cross for long.
Lamia is ADHD, but with awareness, her curse will curse herself, and that’s why we are here.
By Rtr. Udari De Silva