No!!! This isn’t about whether or not Punxatawnee Phil has ADHD or ADHD-like characteristics. Sorry, I had to get that out of the way while you were still scratching your head, wondering what I could be talking about here.
The Groundhog Effect
Each year on February 2nd millions of people will gather around to see whether or not Punxatanwee Phil (aka, the groundhog) will see his shadow or not. Should he emerge and see his shadow, it’s right back down into his home for another 6 weeks of winter. But if there is no shadow, we have an early end to Winter…
I think it’s fair to say, most of us are looking forward to an early end of Winter…possibly putting our hopes in the fate of a groundhog.
ADHD And The Groundhog
We know that whether or not the groundhog actually sees his shadow, there is very little connection about when or if Winter will actually end. But each year, approximately 20,000 - 40,000 people gather in Punxatawnee, Pennsylvania for a chance to take part in this tradition.
On this groundhog day, I can’t help but think of the belief that perhaps ADHD will just miraculously get better with a magic little pill, with age… or some other quick fix.
Yes, I am capitalizing on the day to talk about ADHD and the fact that life and nature must run their natural course. With the assistance of medication, ADHD symptoms can improve, but we also know that many can persist.
At the same time, regardless of medication or not, many parents want change to come quickly and perhaps as early as overnight. But we know, like the groundhog, the end of Winter just takes time… There is no way to speed it up, not even as badly as we would like.
The same holds true for ADHD. There is no quick fix, and lasting change takes time and commitment - but most of all - it just takes time!
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