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Let's Talk ADHD: A Friendly Note from Dr. John Flett

The Importance of Taking ADHD Seriously

Hey Parents and Teachers!

I hope this message finds you all doing well. I'm Dr. John Flett, a Specialist Paediatrician at Hillcrest Private Hospital, and I wanted to chat with you about ADHD and how it affects our kids.

As parents, teachers, and caregivers, it's super important that we're all in the know when it comes to ADHD, so we can support our children and help them thrive.

The sooner we can spot and address ADHD, the better. If you think your child might have ADHD, don't hesitate to seek help. You'll be giving them the chance to learn coping strategies and self-regulation skills that will help them in school, with friends, and in life. Teachers, you play a huge role here – you're our "eyes and ears" in the classroom, so your observations are invaluable.

We all need to work together to challenge the myths and misunderstandings about ADHD. It's a neurodevelopment disorder, not a sign of bad parenting or a character flaw. Let's make sure we're all educated about ADHD and create a positive, understanding environment for our kids. We can break down stigma together and help our children embrace their unique strengths.

I know many of you worry about the possible dangers of ADHD medications, and that's totally understandable. Make sure you're working with your child's healthcare provider to find the right medication and dosage for them. Keep an eye out for side effects or any needed adjustments. Most kids see significant improvements with the right medication.

It's important to know that ADHD often comes with other challenges like learning disabilities, anxiety, or depression. By getting help from experts, we can make sure we're addressing all of your child's needs and creating a tailored treatment plan just for them.

The good news is that ADHD is super treatable! With the right support, our kids can do amazing things. Treatments might include medication, therapy, behavioural interventions, and accommodations at school. By using a mix of these approaches, we can help our kids succeed in all areas of life.

I'd love for you to check out our Facebook Page ( for support, encouragement, and info about ADHD, as well as other health-related topics and child development. If you're up for a more interactive experience, come join our private Facebook group ( to chat, ask questions, and get advice from me and other professionals.

In conclusion, it's essential to recognise and address ADHD in our children as early as possible. Let's work together to overcome fear and stigma, team up with experts, and explore treatment options so our kids can lead fulfilling and successful lives. Remember, we're all in this together. Thanks for reading, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Oh, and don't forget to watch this super helpful video on ADHD:

Take care and stay awesome!

Dr. John Flett Specialist Paediatrician Hillcrest Private Hospital

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Dr. John Flett, Suite 8 Hillcrest Private Hospital 471 Kassier Road Assagay, Durban, 3610, South Africa

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