How to? early symptoms of bipolar or ADD in a 4 year old. i don't think he is but ..

Haley - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my son has a bit of extra energy. but i think i can manage it with more specific discipline. there is a chance he may have inherited ADD or Bipolar from his dad. But i don't want to diagnose him. but i do want to be aware of his behavior with that in mind.. any sugestions on signs i should watch out for.???

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Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2009

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Every child is different I adopted a child at 6 years old and really new nothing about him. Well he is now 16 and we have the worst time with school,him getting into things and not following rules. If I had to do it over I would have him tested for problems earlier on it is better for the child to know what is going on because believe you me it can only get harder... Try having him tested for his sake because it is hard for the children with this problem. Good Luck in what ever you choose.

Salena - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son was diagnosed when he was 7. The big thing for him was failing in school. And his behavior in school. He is the most loving child and tried so hard yet just couldn't get focused. So he was tested and sure enough he tested for ADHD. He is now on 1 med a day and his grades went from E to A + B. Thank God

Quida - posted on 08/30/2009

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Honestly you really need to go ahead and get an assessment done before it is too late and he has to be repeating grades due to his behavior. If you know its hereditary then by all means please seek help. I have seen too many children go years and then its too late because we dont want to admit our children have a disability. Yes it can be helped and pls do not allow them to put your child on ritalin. that is pure cocaine mixed with other over the counter medications. please take your time and provide them with as much information as possible. Hope that helps some.

Annie - posted on 08/30/2009

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Hi my son was diagnosed with bipolar at 4 yrs old he is 9 now his symptoms were at that time very hyper, not sleeping at night,severe tantrums, trying to run in the streets etc...he was very moody. Try and manage without medication because by the time my son turned 9 he almost died from the meds.Some meds are very dangerous.

Tisha - posted on 08/30/2009

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How old is your son? That will depend on diagnosis from a healthcare professional. I would start slowly changing his diet and see if that helps. Start by taking away sugars, and red food dyes. Then white flours, (white bread, etc) If you go to www.CHADD.org, there is a quiz and different ideas from doctors and psychatrists about changing diets and whats good and not. It also has a list of all natural supplements that you can give your child instead of taking him to a doctor and medicating him traditionally. Hope that helps!

Haley - posted on 08/30/2009

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It's just that 4 years old is too early to diagnose. I'm sticking to routines and discipline(with a lot of positive reinforcement) He is extremely bossy but that might be a normal phase for children. And if he follows the example of his dad who has a controlling behavior problem; then I have an extra challenge on my hands. But he doesn't get what he bosses for, until he asks politely for permission.

Haley - posted on 08/30/2009

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thanks! Yeah i definitely don't want to label him. But my ex is the one pushing for him to maybe be on medication. I'm trying to defend my son against his dad labeling him yet i want to be careful that I'm not in denial either.

Sometimes he is moody and wants to be left alone at school, then acts out. But he never does that at home. I feel that he throws normal temper fits for a four year old.

Shawnda - posted on 08/29/2009

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I have bipolar and I've been told that it is extremely difficult to diagnos ina child. I wasn't diagnosed until I was in my 20's. Whatever u do , don't label him in school because that follows him throughout all his years and cannot be undone.

Kelly - posted on 08/29/2009

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My son is on a Behavioral Management Plan and although it is not an easy fix, it gives him skills to learn and solve himself. I believe in medication if needed. Believe Me! I just think there should be more. Part of the problem is getting past the impulsivity piece that they possess. You ask yourself, "What are they thinking"? or "They know better than that"? It is frustrating. Until their brain fully grows and matures, we have to be their surrogate "Frontal Lobe" . I read this great book and refer it to my parents as a quick reaffirmation of their parenting skills, called, "Endangered" by Johann Christoph Arnold. It's about acceptance of your child as they are. Very good. Thin and easy reading.

Stacie - posted on 08/27/2009

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Is your son impulsive agressive lack of focus argumentative defies authorty figures those are some of the signs for ADHD

Stacie - posted on 08/27/2009

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take my foolish advice and have your child diagnosed don't try to a doctor not eneryone agrees with medicatuion I do agree with behavior therapy I was clueless about all this stuff until i witness my son with my own eyes the hardest part was accepting i was in denial I was blaming god for punishing me but i am still leatrning to accept and understand and deal and love my son good luck make wise choice for your son not for yourself

Margaret - posted on 08/27/2009

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hi

we never want to think theres somthing wrong with our children...

age 4 is still quit young.. your preschool teacher may notice talk to them if your child is in day care... and monitor him yourself... keep a routine with him this will help

Nadine - posted on 08/27/2009

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only if they have hairpin highs and lows every day should you be concerned.



but other than that most "bipolarisms" can be niped in the bud at age 1 1/2.



My son is not a morning person, and he's realy sensitive by the end of the day and week.



After spending the whole day with his teacher as a class aide I now have a real perspective on how hard it is for him in kinder than it was in pre kinder!

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Haley, as it is a serious matter, I think trying to diagnose for yourself according to signs anyone can google up, it is better for you to go and get the opinion of a specialist. I don't know what is your reason for not wanting to diagnose you son, but I'm afraid there is no way around it if you want to give him the best care you can and start treating it, if needed, in a manner that will help him have a better quality of life. Best of luck. Osnat http://maaslife.blogspot.com/

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