Is Chronic Sorrow Present in Maternal Caregivers Of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disordered Children?

The adverse impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), one of the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorders, goes beyond the individual‘s symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness. It is chronic and persistent, frequently impacting academic, social and family interactions and outcomes. Research indicates that maternal caregivers are especially vulnerable experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety, marital discord and depression (West, Houghton, Douglas, Wall & Whiting, 1999). These same mothers also appear to be experiencing chronic sorrow: persistent, pervasive and episodic guilt, pain and sadness that at times is mediated by times of pleasure and satisfaction in being with their child (Roos, 2002). This paper reviews current research and literature on mothers of ADHD children, defines chronic sorrow, proposes its relevance to mothers of ADHD children, seeks to identify its presence in the maternal caregiver, shows its applicability to Adlerian psychotherapy and discusses these findings and the implications for future research.

Deborah Ayn Borkon
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