A young child with ADHD may have developed a ‘toxic attachment’ to sex.
Here are 10 ways to avoid becoming a sexual out-of/in-control addict.
Keep sex as a hobby or sport away from children.
This is a good tip if you or your child is an adult and doesn’t like to participate in risky sexual activities.
A study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found that while the number of sexual partners a child had at age 11 was lower than the number in other age groups, there was a greater risk of developing ADHD.
“This suggests that ADHD symptoms were also present at an earlier age,” the study said.
A more recent study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, found that children with ADHD are more likely to engage in risky sex, and it was a much greater risk for both boys and girls.
“In other words, it is much more likely that these children would have sex if it was part of their normal sexual activity,” said lead author Krista L. Ritchie, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“That suggests that sex can become problematic for a lot of kids.”
Use a condom, but don’t rely on it to protect your child.
It’s a good idea to avoid using condoms to prevent the spread of STIs and HIV.
“There is no good evidence to suggest that condoms have a protective effect against HIV or STIs,” said study co-author Jennifer A. Brown, a professor of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
“We’re talking about a relatively small number of studies.
We’re talking more about a few hundred, and there is no evidence to support that use of condoms is going to protect against HIV infection or transmission of HIV,” she said.
Limit your child’s exposure to risky sexual behavior.
“It is not known what role sexual risk-taking plays in the development of ADHD,” said Brown.
“However, there is evidence that exposure to sexually risky behavior during adolescence can be linked to developing ADHD later in life.”
It may be the case that exposure has a protective impact.
“Parents with children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who do not have ADHD have higher rates of unprotected intercourse,” said Ritchie.
“The implication of that is that they have a greater need for condoms.”
Don’t put your child in a position where you have to explain your decision to use condoms.
“You might think, ‘Well, you’re not going to have sex until I explain why I’m going to use a condom,'” said Brown, “and I think that’s fair.”
However, this is not the case.
“Children with ADHD tend to use more sex education materials,” said Dr. Michelle M. Mabry, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the Pediatric Sexuality Task Force at Johns Wayne State University.
“They also have a much higher prevalence of having had sex with other children than their peers.
They are more aware of how important it is to use protection and how important condom use is.”
Don and your child have sex on their own.
While it’s important to give your child the time they need to make their own decisions about condom use, you may need to give them permission.
“When it comes to using condoms, the best advice is that you give your children permission to have unprotected sex,” said Maby.
“If they’re having sex on the same day or at the same time that you’re having unprotected sex, you need to respect their wishes.”
If you want your child to be healthy, consider taking him or her to a doctor.
“Pediatricians are often the only ones who have the expertise and knowledge to offer advice about how to best protect children,” said Aimee R. Osterloh, a research fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“But there are other options available.
If a child has behavioral or learning problems or if they have problems with self-regulation, parents may be able to get help from a health professional.”
Educate your child about the risks of unsafe sex.
“Your child is likely to have other problems, too, such as anxiety, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance use,” said Oster Loh.
“These problems can lead to substance abuse problems later in childhood.”
Be honest with your child when they have sex.
If your child feels that they are doing something wrong or that it’s unsafe, they will be less likely to agree to sex when you ask them to.
“Be honest and direct with your children about how they are choosing to have or do sex,” Brown said.
“Tell them you are not asking them to do something you don’t want them to, but that they should not do something that’s