Learning if my child is ADHD or just going thru a lot of change!?!?

Brittany - posted on 08/14/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I definately have questions for you moms! My son is 4 1/2, and I've been a single mother for the past 3 years! I have been ruling off all his bad behavior, temper tantrums, excessive amount of energy, never takes naps, and sometimes cant sleep til 2am, just as apart of him adjusting to all the things we've been thru! He doesnt see his dad very much and we've moved around a lot from struggling financially. And i havent been the best on being consistent with punishment. but Now that I have been doing that, he doesnt seem to be getting that much better. What are the signs of ADHD? It is so hard to tell if he is ADHD or if ive just waited too late to be strict on him, and now because of his age he's going to be harder to correct??? If anyone would rather me tell you some of the things he does, and give ur opinions, let me know! I just dont wanna NOT see that its ADHD, and not get him medicated in time before he starts school so he doesnt fall behind! HELP! Ive read everywhere online but sometimes its better to get an actual mother's input....because reading a list of "symptoms" is not helping

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Phyllis - posted on 08/14/2010

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We knew something was wrong by the time my son was 2. For starters, he never slept! He was wild and temperamental and could not shut down. By age 4 he was out of control. He was kicked out of pre K and every sitter we had quit after a few days. I had to quit my job to stay home with him. He only slept between 2 and 4 hrs a night, usually from 1am until 4 or 5am. A couple times a month he would have 'wake-a-thons' and stay awake for up to 3 days straight. Then he would conk for 8 hours and the cycle would begin again. Finally at age 4 1/2 he was diagnosed with severe mixed type ADHD/ODD. After medication and therapy he is a whole new kid. He is not a zombie (far from it) and with meds for bedtime he sleeps 8 to 10 hours a night. Kids with ADHD don't make as much natural melatonin to help them sleep. Mine takes synthetic melatonin, which you can buy over the counter at most pharmacies and health food stores. If you are concerned, you should have him evaluated. Some places don't like to do that until they are in school, but if you holler loud enough you might be able to get it done earlier.

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