8 Year Old With No Interests/hobbies

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Asked by eamo

8 Year Old With No Interests/hobbies

Hi. My son is 8 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 5. We tried out numerous drugs but took him off them as they were causing ticks. We may consider trying them again, but are currently waiting for rediagnosis and tests. My biggest concern is that he has no real interests in anything! We enrol him in many things like soccer, drama, swimming, boxing, etc. but he will always give up after a few weeks. He's also not good at anything and suffers from a lack of self confidence. He has fewer friends lately, so I'm wondering is there a correlation here? I would just love for him to be passionate about anything! Has anyone got any similar experiences? And do you think we should put him back on medication to see if he can focus on any activities?

Answer

Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.com.

I can certainly relate to your situation. My son has ADHD/Depression/Bipolar. He is now 25 years old but I went through all of the frustrations/worrying etc of his childhood and now what you are going through.

Children with ADHD are usually more emotionally immature than children without ADHD. Therefore, if your child is chronologically 8 years old, he can be emotionally 5 years old. It may be hard for him to relate to children his own age. He may feel out of place and might rather avoid being with them than to feel he doesn't fit in.

As far as interests, you are doing the right thing. Keep exposing him to different activities until he finds something he enjoys. He is only 8, he doesn't need to be passionate about one specific interest, that will come in time. Right now it is more important to let him experience many different things.

Some additional information you might be interested in:

Tips for Improving Your Child's Self-Esteem

Role Playing to Teach Children with ADHD Social Skills

ADHD in Elementary School

Strategies for Parenting Children with ADHD

I hope this helps

Eileen

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