ADD Children and Anxiety

A recent study (March 2002) reported in the European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that the best way to determine just how upset a child was was not to check with the parents.

The study compared the blood pressure of children with ADD who said they were feeling anxiety with those who did not. It then asked the parents if they felt the child was feeling anxiety or not.

The results showed that the blood pressure was indeed higher in the children who reported anxiety - even when the parent thought they did not.

This reminds parents and educators not to assume you can tell how the child is feeling just by his or her actions. ADD children often learn to hide their true feelings, as they know they do not always "fit in". It is important to build the level of trust that the child will let an adult know how he or she is feeling.