Alahnna - posted on 10/27/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )
My son is 4. From the time he turned about 2, he's had issues that I knew and his daycare at the time mentioned to me as well. Even as a baby, he needed a very strict routine or it threw him off for days. At 3, I finally managed to get him seen by Early Intervention, who then refered him to mental health. They did an assessment for ADHD on him, but would not officially diagnose him since he is so young. He came back positive on every marker very strongly. He has now been referred to another doctor who has refered him to a child psychologist becasue of his extrem anger issues, impulse control and lack of control over his emotions. So this is where I am at the moment.
This week has been very hard with him, one of the worst he's had in a long time. On Monday, I had to physically restrain him in the restraint position for 25 minutes before I was able to calm him down. He was hitting me, kicking me and others, throwing things and screaming so loud he burst blood vessels under his eyes. When I restrained him, he continued to try and kick me until I held his legs with mine, he then head butted me in the chest repeatedly (I now have a yellow bruise where his head hit me). I cannot correct him at all these past couple days without him losing control, even just asking him to pick up a toy or to put his socks on.
Do any of you have older children with ADHD who are/have been similar? Or is this ADHD diagnosis possible wrong and there is something more severe going on here? I am so frustrated because everyone has been telling me all along that he's still too young and that he's just a boy. Correct me if I am wrong, cause I do run a daycare as well but none of my other boys do this, not even my toddlers. This seems severe to me to be "just something he will grow out of". The older he gets, the worse it is getting. Any advice from those who have been through it or if it sounds like something similar to another diagnosis. His tests also came back negative for ODD, which kind of surprised me.
I am just at the end of my rope this week and am having a hard time coping with this.