Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t just about symptoms you can see. Sure, a child with ADHD can be fidgety, or overly talkative, or unable to focus. Hiding underneath that, though, may be intense anxiety, too. Maybe their lack of impulse control goes so deep they can’t even control their own thoughts. Then, after years of being punished more often than their siblings, or removed from classrooms day after day, they become angry and depressed. If your child is like mine, they start saying they’re worthless or a “bad” kid. Every day becomes a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Anxiety, Impulse Control, and Poor Self-Esteem
My son has what’s called “combined type” ADHD (both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive). When researching why he constantly puts himself down, and how to make it stop, I learned that this behavior is common for kids like him. Castagna, Calamia, and Davis (2017) reported that these children are especially sensitive to personal failure. Hence the constant refrains of “I’ll never be able to do this” or “I’m too stupid.” At points, my son even gets to “I don’t deserve to live.” … read more about Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem.
Source: Psychology Today