Does anyone have a child with OCD and ADHD?

Renee - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 70 moms have responded )

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My son has been diagnosed with OCD. Some days a really difficult. Sometimes I just need someone to talk to about this outside from me and my husband.

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Anne - posted on 08/12/2009

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Hi, my son has ADHD and OCD behavior. First thing everyone wanted to do was medicate him. We tried it briefly but the child on the medication was not mine. We stopped meds, we changed his diet, took a hollistic approach. Lots of structure and support from the family. We used exercise, beads taped to his desk at school, stress balls, gum and sour foods during tests and homework. there is so much you can do to help your child. My son is now 16, in private catholic school and doing ok. He is no honor roll student but he is not failing either. We limit TV and video games because that seems to feed his behaviors. It is possible to have a normal life!

Lisa - posted on 08/14/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD when she was just 4and an half. The OCD was diagnosed last year although she's suffered from it for two years. She has trouble with her clothes-she thinks that her under garments are always too tight (even though she wears things that are almost two sizes larger than she normally wears.) She stopped wearing shorts and jeans and will only wear skorts now. We were having knock down drag out arguments in the morning about what she would wear. When she did actually pick out something to wear, she would stretch it out until it ripped. I finally took her to the dr. a few months ago and she suggested Prozac. I was NOT thrilled by that answer but I couldn't take it anymore. So, we tried it. It actually got better. She stopped stretching her clothes and the arguing about what to wear stopped as well. She took it for two months and then we took her off of that medication. She actually tried on and let me buy her a pair of jeans last week. The real test is when school starts...will she wear them???

Cindy - posted on 08/14/2009

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Hi,

I have a 9 year old with autism, OCD, and ADHD. Yeah, it is really, really hard. Some days it is all I can do to function. Plus, I home school him. Feel free to talk to me anytime you want. I really do get it.

Cindy

Monica - posted on 08/13/2009

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My son, now 16, was diagnosed with OCD at age 9. He was deathly afraid of even some of the most fundamental things in life like getting sick from urine or feces. I do have to say that this stemmed from our family being involved in a near fatal car accident a few months prior, and at the same time my mom nearly died from West Nile virus. We happened across a wonderful therapist who had my son make a list of the things of which he was the most afraid. He then had to rate each one from 1 to 5, 5 being the worst. At each session we worked on a few items. He still has setbacks every so often, but now we know how to handle them. Our family doctor explained it to us like there is an inbalance in your system, kind of like a person with diabetes. It can be controlled by your behavior or medication/behavior modification. He was on Prozac during the worst of it, but is now medication-free.

Maureen - posted on 08/13/2009

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i have a son with adhd we had him on medicine when he was in elementary school but then i choose to get him off it because it was so addicting but i know what u mean about someone to talk to some people just don't get it i am here if u ever need to talk

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Lucille - posted on 10/08/2013

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Thank you Rebekah. I am going to get that book. You are so lucky to have family support, my family were frightened by my behaviours and didn't know how to handle it. My husband can't get his head around it but has stuck by me. Anyway I'm in control of mine now. Since menopause I feel even calmer. My daughter is the one to get better now. She is doing really well but still vulnerable and fragile when dealing with the world and going through teenagehood can be a nightmare in its self. I will talk more later as she needs me now and is being a sticky beck. thanks

Rebekah - posted on 10/08/2013

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I get it Lucille. I also have OCD and two of my three daughters. Mine came out strong after my my kids were born. My difference was that everyone took me seriously. I have wonderful family and friends. My kids are both doing wonderfully, we "boss it back" and work together. If I could give any advice to anyone, it would be DONT GIVE UP. Somewhere there is help. It may take a while, but it is out there. Dr. Chansky counciled my second daughter after multiple calls. I got her name because I used her book "Freeing your child from OCD" with my first child before I sought treatment. Support and understanding goes a long way. You are a wonderful mom.

Lucille - posted on 10/08/2013

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I suffer from OCD and it took 40 years to get help - I was called highly strung, fidgety, a worry wart, looked at as odd, mum even told the school I had a kidney complaint because I went to toilet so often. Over the years I think I have touched on many compulsion and obession you can think of. Then in the nineties it became popular to have OCD - I read an article in the paper and there it was in black and white - I recognised the symptons described immediately - what a relief to know. But it wasn't till I had my daughter that I really lost the plot. I had a very good friend (family couldn't help) who booked me into a psych and dumped me on his doorstep. the doctor said I had had the complaint too long and put me on meds straight away and did CBT the rest I did myself for the sake of my daughter. Now she is dealing with OCD and what goes with it anxieties, phobias, depression. I too saw it in her a 3 but had a had time in convincing others and they thought I was been obsessive. She was not too bad till 5th year then it all fell apart. We have had a very hard time getting help. She thought she was going to get poisoned so she wouldn't eat. It was a nghtmare and I demanded for good or bad that she be given medication. Six years later we are still working on it and I keep looking to the light at the end of tunnel. To your daughter - I know - I have been there and I have come out of it and survived. You will win and it will be fantastic for you to feel that freedom and peace of mind. A few things to do that may help - never listen to other peoples OCD quirks and experiences. As an OCD sufferer I know it only takes one suggestion to trigger off a new and random obsession or compulsion, by all means take on the positive way they used to get better. Listen to and copy the positive and happy people around you until you find yourself. When you are strong enough set your benchmarks - one of mine is "once and once only" (maybe twice on a bad day). Don't be too hard on yourself. Always remember we are a unique and wonderful group of people.

Rebekah - posted on 10/07/2013

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I have a daughter with OCD and ADD. I saw signs of OCD with her when she was 3 YO. It was a very trying and exhausting time for me, her father, and her sisters. We chose therapy and I read EVERYTHING and implemented it all at home. As a nurse, I was convinced we could get through this without medication. It was not until she was in 4th grade that the therapist said "she is so sad, she wants a normal happy life, I think we need to try meds". I agreed. We immediately started seeing results. With CBT (must have therapy!) and meds, she has learned how to fight the obsessions, and decrease her anxiety. She is 16 now and weaning off of the medication. Children have to learn how to fight it and sometimes the meds help that. Once they learn techniques, the can wean hopefully from the meds. I was lucky. She did not want to live like that and was willing to fight any way she needed to.
she is now in 11th grade and getting strait As, has a boyfriend and a future. I am lucky, My sisters so is 17 and has given up and thinks there is no hope and wont fight. It is so difficult as a parent to see your child struggle, but keep fighting, there is hope.

Toni - posted on 02/15/2013

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I have also found the juice fucoidan and I am so thankfull, no prescriptions, no poisons in my chlidrens bodies from those legal street drugs.....and it has helped wiht the OCD, ODD, ADHD, bi polar , and the Retts. PRAISE GOD for this stuff.

Toni - posted on 02/15/2013

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I have two, boy and girl, it is hard. And yes it is nice to have some one to talk to out side of the doctors and husband.

Janis - posted on 02/02/2013

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Sounds like my 14 year old son. He is failing 8th grade because he can't touch his homework because the books were contaminated at school. He is late every single day to school no matter what time I get him up. He has OCD and ADHD and slight Tourette's. My husband doesn't fully believe him, they fight,we've tried meds, therapy, nothing is working. They want him to go to an outpatient facility (the school does) but he does not want to go and it is very expensive. I hate to put a price tag on my son, but $1000 per week? We don't have that. We need help! Hope this helped you just knowing someone else out there is going through something similar. Good luck and I hope to hear from you. Jan

Janis - posted on 02/01/2013

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Sounds a lot like my soon to be 14 yr old son. He was an honor student and is now failing 8th grade. We have tried meds for both his OCD and his ADHD. All with side effects. Therapy isn't helping because he says talking about his OCD makes things worse. He mainly has germaphobia and is late everyday to school and can't touch his homework. I need to talk to someone who understands. It's so hard. I feel like an enabler. He is so angry these days, he was always so happy and out-going. Sometimes he still is. help please!

Michelle - posted on 01/25/2013

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I have an 18 year old daughter with Aspergers. Shes on adhd meds which help somewhat, but her temper is awful!!!! Anyone here have a child with Aspergers?

Denise - posted on 01/24/2013

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My now 17 year old, very challenging at times, Hard to keep them on track and focused.

Sherrie - posted on 01/13/2013

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My daughter has down syndrome and has been diagnosed with ocd, adhd and it is very difficult to deal with, she is only 8....

Sue - posted on 01/06/2013

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Is there any one out there that has any suggestions on what to do with a child with ADHD and OCD?? My son is 16 and is so far behind in school, has no ambition to do anything, except with electronics, only has 1 friend who he can hardly see because of all the work he has to do, is scared of the future, and basically doesn't want to grow up. We are at our wits end. All we want to do is cry. We have tried so many things and nothing seems to work. Medication, therapists, tutors, and he's on a 504 program. He basically needs someone there ALL the time to keep him on task and focused. It's very demanding. He is so smart, but will not put in the effort, either because he's tired, bored, distracted, or just so afraid of doing it wrong, that he won't start. And when he does put in effort, the work is perfect! BUT. it takes so darn long because he needs to think everything through ahead of time, and it needs to be perfect. There's so much he has to give, but will not try. I swear, if it wasn't for these two hindering issues, he'd be a super star and have such a wonderful bright future. We are worried that he will end up being unsuccessful, because he is very scared and anxious about EVERYTHING!!
I'm desperate to try anything that would help. :((

Gina - posted on 01/04/2013

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Go to www.limunation.com and search for OCD and ADHD. Lots of great results with LIMU!
I hope things are getting better for you!

Dolores - posted on 10/19/2012

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Hi Renee,



My son has also been diagnosed with OCD. I have been having a very difficult time. His obsession is with asbestos. I had my home renovated and they found asbestos in one of my rooms. This of course blew the OCD way out of control. He won't even come into my home. He now has his own apartment, but is struggling with the OCD and anxiety. He refuses to go for any help. I know what you mean when you need someone to talk to.

Brooke - posted on 09/27/2012

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Yes, I do as well. Some days are difficult and some days are awesome as I discover more and more of how his brain works and what a gifted, articulate, funny son I have. Focus on the positives as much as possible and choose your battles because as he gets older, there will be battles! I am a single mom, so much of the time it is my son and I. we are very close. I believe God created him for some amazing things and I love the person he is developing in to. Hang in there! You are the parent of a truly unique, gifted individual!

Sara - posted on 12/27/2011

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Hi Renee,
I noticed your post on this was from 2009. My son is 6-1/2 and was just diagnosed with OCD. We are going back and forth about putting him on meds, among other advice. I was wondering what route you took and what has happened since the diagnoses.
-Sara

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Well Renee you have found someone who does not have a child with OCD, but I would love to open my heart up to you and listen...text me...

Lydia - posted on 08/17/2009

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Get your kids allergy tested. Reading all the responses today i really feel for you guys who have children with issues you do not yourself understand. My oldest son had ADD( as it was called when he was first diagnosed) so i have spent 20 years studying food intolllerences, he is now 25 and has coeliac and schitzophrenia. Coeliac is a common link to all children with these ailments (in my opinion ). I myself have coeliac and so do other family members. I have a son also who was diagnosed with bipolar and treated for it for two years and i say to them all "DONT EAT GLUTEN" he is now medication free (fingers crossed) because he stopped eating gluten some families have a nervous system thingie and get affected by gluten ,sugar, chocolate and other foods .My daughters are so sensitive to chocolate they get severe deppression when eating it (took me years to figure that one out) Its really hard to keep kids on a strict diet but you dont really have a choice all you can do is keep trying when they are younger to avoid worse ailments when they are older. I have more info if anyone wants it but dont want to bore all you guys with my rantings at this point ,but hey Ive been there where you are now i speak from experience Good Luck. N yes ocds pop up quite regularly in my lot but none severe i dont think im still watching that with them as its in the family too.

Peggy - posted on 08/17/2009

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Hello Renee,

My name is Peggy. I myself have OCD, and my oldest has OCD, and my youngest has OCD and AdHd, and some other anxiety issues. I didn't have a picnic with my daughters, but I understood where they were coming from. Which of you, your hubby or you has OCD or some issues? My daughter got it from my side of the family. It is great that your hubby isn't one of those fathers that refuses to believe his child has OCD. You have a wonderful support in your hubby. If you need to talk just drop me a line. You will get through this. I did! My girls are both in High School. Yes, there will be days where you do not think that you will live to see them in High School, but it is well worth it. I had the added trouble of trying to parent with ADHD and OCD also. Just understand your child is not doing anything to purposefully annoy you or act out. It just happens and he won't know why. Help him understand that he is special and has many great qualities. With my youngest she was good in art, just stand behind them and encourage them in no matter what they choose to do.



Peggy

Kelly - posted on 08/17/2009

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I am wondering if there is any connection between boys turned men who are ADHD and now in the armed forces- maybe it's because they need the routine and sameness that it provides.... and they do well with that...? Just thinking in print here.

Melody - posted on 08/17/2009

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I raised a child with both OCD and ADHD - he is just now turning 21 and is in the AIr Force! I know how difficult these children can be - it was NOT easy! It takes lots of patience (you do not have), but it can/does get better as they get older! If you should ever need advice or just a way of venting, I am here!

Melodie - posted on 08/16/2009

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I have 2 with ADHD.

My 20 yr old son was diagnosed when his 1st grade teacher spotted it. We tried different things but meds & an ADHD therapist were the only things that helped.

My 7 yr old daughter was diagnosed when she just couldn't "get" kindergarten, her teacher wanted to hold her back but I refused. I kept asking her teacher if this or that could be the problem - even autism, I wanted to bring in the school's special education teacher into our talks, but her teacher blew me off. I talked to her speech teacher (my daughter had been seeing her since she was 3 yrs old) and she told me she'd fill out paper work if it was needed. It was needed. My daughter had to do summer school and she had her kindergarten teacher... her teacher was amazed at how much of a change there was in my daughter.

She still had some problems in 1st grade, reading, but talking with the teacher, speech teacher, reading teacher & principal, we figured it was her speech that was her hang up. What she was reading wasn't what she was pronouncing in her head.

She excells in math - her teacher even had her "tutoring" the other kids who needed extra help.

Her speech teacher is a BIG help since she has a daughter with ADHD as well.

Carla - posted on 08/16/2009

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Sure do.... and I'm a therapist! It is really challenging some days, even when I know what is going on and how to minimize symptoms. I use the book "Brain Lock" by Dr. Schwartz with my clients, so I decided to use it with my son, as well. I had to modify some concepts but it really works. (He is 13) Now we no longer use 7+ roles of toilet paper from him wrapping the toilet seat (even after I bought him a brand new seat), have numerous clean towels thrown on the floor for his feet to touch so he won't be contaminated, or have him refuse to use the utensils because they've been used before. He has his momentary relapses, but things are MUCH better! Really pretty normal!



I do some phone counseling and you are welcome to call me if you like. My practice is Turning Leaf Counseling in Indianapolis, IN. (317) 881-3133. I would be happy to speak with you about what I have found to be effective in treating ADHD as well. I will also need to know what allergies he/she has and who else in your family has anxiety disorders. Perhaps there is a good child/adolescent therapist near you? Good luck and be strong. You and your child CAN get a handle on this! (-:

Maggie - posted on 08/16/2009

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My name is Maggie Dickey. I have a son who is 18 and has cerebral palsy and ADHD. He is a hand full. If you have any questions I will try to help you get the answers. PDSMom90@Yahoo.Com

Debbie - posted on 08/16/2009

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How old is your son? I have an 11 yr old son who was diagnosed at age 7: with ADHD, biPolar and psychosis. He has OCD tendancies but not full-blown OCD. The psychosis part they get because he said he hears voices sometimes. But I don't really see psychotic behavior. It's the little daily things that are hard. The constant reminding and stuff like that. It can be exhausting. Write back if u want to talk!

Yvonne - posted on 08/16/2009

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Yvonne - posted on 08/16/2009

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I'm sure you haven't heard if this-but my daughter is 5 now and I have had her on one ounce of LIMU per day as well as myself. You need to read up on this. I buy it and drink it, she is doing well all the way around. go to www.pubmed.org and search limu moui.< sea weed>
The main ingredient is fucoidan. Search that. Then go to the thelimucompany.com
I started making extra money from telling people that is was making a difference in our lives and now they are buying. As a single parent I've needed extra money. I'm sure we all do. But we need our health and patience too. I also have raised my ph levels in my diet by drinking water from nestle waters and eating less acidic foods-google acidic foods. Should you need more info let me know. I am here to help and have proof that these all work. www.discoverlimu.com/thesecretisout Good luck and talk to you soon, Yvonne in KY

Yvonne - posted on 08/16/2009

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Yvonne Renee
Posted by You (a moment ago)
I'm sure you haven't heard if this-but my daughter is 5 now and I have had her on one ounce of LIMU per day as well as myself. You need to read up on this. I buy it and drink it, she is doing well all the way around. go to www.pubmed.org and search limu moui.< sea weed>
The main ingredient is fucoidan. Search that. Then go to the thelimucompany.com
I started making extra money from telling people that is was making a difference in our lives and now they are buying. As a single parent I've needed extra money. I'm sure we all do. But we need our health and patience too. I also have raised my ph levels in my diet by drinking water from nestle waters and eating less acidic foods-google acidic foods. Should you need more info let me know. I am here to help and have proof that these all work. www.discoverlimu.com/thesecretisout Good luck and talk to you soon, Yvonne in KY

Yvonne - posted on 08/16/2009

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I'm sure you haven't heard if this-but my daughter is 5 now and I have had her on one ounce of LIMU per day as well as myself. You need to read up on this. I buy it and drink it, she is doing well all the way around. go to www.pubmed.org and search limu moui.< sea weed>
The main ingredient is fucoidan. Search that. Then go to the thelimucompany.com
I started making extra money from telling people that is was making a difference in our lives and now they are buying. As a single parent I've needed extra money. I'm sure we all do. But we need our health and patience too. I also have raised my ph levels in my diet by drinking water from nestle waters and eating less acidic foods-google acidic foods. Should you need more info let me know. I am here to help and have proof that these all work. www.discoverlimu.com/thesecretisout Good luck and talk to you soon, Yvonne in KY

Maree - posted on 08/15/2009

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I have several! I have 6 kids ages 9 to almost 6. The youngest boy (age 6) has ADHD and a mood disorder which manifests as, among other things, oppositional behavior. He is adopted (they all 6 are) and has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He takes medicine for his ADHD and another med for the mood disorder. I don't know how he would be without it but I know his behaviors are still very difficult to deal with. This summer has been particularly hard with behaviors that seem like he's full of rage. We work with a pediatric psychiatrist and he sees a therapist, along with the medication. With all of this intervention, life is difficult at times. I am having to learn how to change my reactions to his behavior so that I don't antagonize or feed his outbursts. Sometimes he acts out in front of other people and this adds embarrasment to the difficulty because other people just don't understand.

Three of the other kids take medication for ADHD and they do fairly well with it. Our 6 year old is, in many ways, the most challenging of all.

Tracy - posted on 08/15/2009

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my son was diagnosed with adhd at 5yrs..weve had some really tough times,,one of the most difficult things was people simply not understaning,because a child looks physicly normal they just think their a bad child ,my son is now 20 ,still has adhd & all its problems still lives at home & needs lots of support but has grown up into a lovely young man....you can survive it....

Kimberly - posted on 08/15/2009

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I have a 5 yr old that got put on Adderall last winter and it makes a huge difference. My husband is currently in Iraq and so it'll be better when he gets home to help me with her. She likes to bolt from the house with no notice and it's hard cuz my older daughter has had twin boys that I need to help with. They're at home too. But Jessica (5 yr old) is wonderful and I love her dearly.

Tracy - posted on 08/15/2009

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My older daughter has ocd pretty bad and my younger daughter and step son has it a little. My older daughter is 22. Her father died when she was only 7 and my younger daughter two days before her 6th birthday. My stepson's mom passed away a little over a year ago. For my daughters counseling has helped. My older one still is pretty oc on some things but others she like grew out of or it is not as bad as before. I have ocd also. Some medication did help me with it and counseling. I no longer take medication for it and am still doing ok for that matter with it. For my stepson it is pretty mild compared to my older daughter. The list of things she is oc about would take forever to state. I learned to deal with it by a lot of patience and understanding. Some of the oc was brought on by traumatic experiences like the death of my daughters father and a sudden move with no warning. Once things settled down and they were able to work through it they were happier. We didnt know what was wrong and that was before ocd became really known. I learned to deal with it by a lot of patience and understanding.

Renee - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son Anthony is 7 and was diagnosed at 6 1/2, though his been OCD since about 2 years of age. When we look back at things. He was an avid hand washer to the point that they were raw, if he had a drop of water on his clothes he had to change, had to dress in a certain order in the morning, carried a bucket around in-case he got sick, worried about being sick, toys had to be line up and no one could touch or he would have a break down. He is on Prozac and it has helped a lot though we still have to check his temp on his forehead. Its tough for my husband and I to see the anxiety in him. Anthony is aware of what his brain is doing and it bothers him cause sometimes he can't stop it. To see a child having to deal with that is not always easy. I don't know any other parents in my area that has a child with OCD yet.

Lainie - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have a daughter who has ADHD she is 9...I think she is OCD but she hasn't yet been diagnosed with OCD just ADHD..she is a lovely girl But eveyday can be difficult for our family...Some days she can get ready for school and then the next day it is like she doesn't know how to get ready and then the screaming starts....That is just one exp.

Julia - posted on 08/14/2009

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Hi Renee, Some days are difficult very difficult but some days are good, try to hold on to the good days when you're faced with the bad. I have a 13 year old son with Aspergers Syndrome which is difficult enough but add teens and hormones and its Over Load! Treat each day as it comes because what worked yesterday sure as hell wont work today! Take a deep breath and remember the broken record routine, just keep calming repeating what you want him to do, even if he does have the last word as long as he does listen to you and respond you are achieving. You are NOT ALONE out there there are a lot of us in exactly the same place you are all floating along on our little liferafts, we just need to hook up together to enjoy the good and help with the bad. Keep smiling, try and understand it and most of all love him.

Sandi - posted on 08/14/2009

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Hi Renee, My eldest has ADHD and ODD. Days can be hard but With some undrstanding that tho our grey areas are very small....his are very large. He only somewhat knows what right from wrong are and it is a constant reminder. His temper is skyward at times and comes out of nowhere. It is also a matter of teaching him that when he hits a point that he has to stop, back away and cool down before he can go forward again. There is light. Johnathan is very loving (on the flip side) and is very caring. Have patience and it will all work out. I understand that it is easier said than done....but I have been there and am still dealing with it. Show lots of encouragement and love and it will all pull through.

Debbie - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hey Donna,



We were told the samething, that ADHD is more common in boys then in girls. I could not believe when my then 15 year old was diagnosed. Especially since her grades were always so high and she has basically been at least a year ahead in school since grade school. Her grade school actually had her tested as a 5 year old, because the teacher thought she was advanced. The test did indcate an extremly high IQ. When she went in to high school and began to struggle, it was crazy. The doctors then told us that ADHD is very hard to determine in girls, and more then 85% of girls with ADHD are not diagnosed until the high school years.

Debbie - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hi Renee, I have a husband with OCD, which I also believe my daughter may also have. Both of my children a 21 yr old son and a 17 yr old daughter both have ADHD. My son was not diagnosed until his sophomore year of high school. It really bothered me when we first found out, because I knew he had always struggled through grade school, but not one of his teachers through their was a problem. He was always one of the favorties in the class, but I personally think that was because he was so tiny and cute. That did not help him at all. He was put on Adderall the summer between his 10th and 11th grade. At the end of his 10th grade year he did not even have a 2.0 GPA. After being on the medicine for one full school year, his GPA at the end of his junior was 3.5. It was remarkable, especially since my husband and I did not want to put him on the meds. He is now in his 4th year of college with a 3.3 GPA. My daughter was also not diagnosed until her 9th year of high school. For her it was completely the opposite. She was always the "A" student in her class and the one getting all the awards. When she went to high school, it was like the floor fell in on her. The doctors at Johns Hopkins tested her and determined she had ADHD, just without the "hyper active" portion of it. She is very quite and to herself for the most part. She just really could not focus on what was going on the classroom once she made it to high school. We also agreed to put her on Adderall, and what a massive difference. She is now a senior in high school and taking college classes. I guess our family was sort of lucky that neither of our kids got the "hyper" portion of the ADHD, so it was harder to detect. But as far as the OCD, my husband drives me crazy with that. He will open and shut a door 15 times, the same thing with the car door, or a dresser drawer. That can really get nerve recking. There are many times that, of course, my kids get a kick out of some of the stuff he does, but I have to say something to him, in order for him to stop whatever it is he is doing. He can put his socks on and off 5 or 6 times before I say, leave the sock on. This goes on every single day.

Kristin - posted on 08/13/2009

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My last son is seven now, he was diagnosed with ODD (opositional defiant disorder) and adhd at 5. We tried numerous meds and have been very happy with Vyvance, for me it is a miracle, and does not make him a zombie. The medicine has alot of leeway in dosages and has been prescribed for adults also, I myself took Stratera for about a year, and was very supprised at the changes in myself on meds,my Dr. tol me these are disorders that are genetic, and when I was reading the literature on adults with ADHD was amazed at the things that I went through not knowing I too had issues. Good luck remember to breathe most of the time the things that drive you nuts are really not in thier control either, and they are probably more frustrated than you. My son that is now in the Navy told me once that on his meds it was like someone turned the switch and all the white noise that drove him crazy was just gone, when I took the meds myself I finnaly understood what he was talking about. If I forgot my meds all my friends at work would remind me they said I was a completely different person on the meds and it was so nice to know I was not going crazy just alittle out of wack,,,lol

Bette - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have to agree with Tammy...diet is sooooo important...things to avoid at all costs (food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, sodas, juice, partially hydrogenated oils, too much television and video games) and things to add...such as all natural nutritionl supplements, hobbies.
Have you explored food allergies?

Phyllis - posted on 08/13/2009

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My 21 year old daughter has Down Syndrome, ADHD & OCD. Quite a handfull, she has improved with age though! She does take Adderall twice a day and that helps immensely. Sometimes she just talks non-stop for hours, can get on your nerves.

Benessa - posted on 08/13/2009

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cont.... You can take time out and sit down over lunch or dinner and let the child express themselves.... I call it for me mother and son time....

Benessa - posted on 08/13/2009

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NOTE: I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR SHOULD YOU TAKE MY ADVICE WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR PEDIATRICIAN OR PERSONAL DOCTOR

AS WELL AS YOU’RE LOCAL SCHOOL CHAIN OF COMMAND



PLEASE DO NOT STOP ANY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR





Ms. Renee

O.C.D. & A.D.H.D are really NON-medical term for attention: I have a grand daughter that had been diagnosed with A.D.H.D and for years we had the temperament, the disagreements with teachers, or authority persons in day care and in school even at church I was out done.



What we did, was made sure she had things that entertained her mind and brain she’s a very intelligent young lady today at 12yrs old. However, we had to find a provider that would take time who is assertive and on top of her at all time, she actually had to bond with one day care provider, it was trial and error, but it was accomplished.



In school we also had to have an authority figure whom she also had to bond with, and I find that children with A.D.H.D need to constantly be doing something for her it was the video games, and she’s great at them and at the same time she stopped being so temper mental, and pouting as well as understand that there are rules in life, and to turn to the adults in school for corrective measures….



NOTE: It’s like a light switch… they go on and of instantly… but if you give the child the space of there dominion which is the room, and in frequently have them clean, and a little at a time place demands very small increments’ and talk to them about what’s your feeling, of the progress as well as the set back in a calm tone, and commend the child each time they are successful it will tend to balance out in time…. SIMPLY AN OPONION



Benessa Russell * SilkySender@aol.com

Elly - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have 2 stepsons that are 14 & 16 that I have raised since babies and they both have ADD. They were diagnosed around 7 and were put on medication. It was helping but it became a problem with mom' visits since she was not on board with the DR.s and now they are teenagers and refuse and spit their pills out and hide them. One if flunking out of school for 2 yrs and other has almost straight A's It is very frustrating and I have to keep reminding myself they have a condition. But, I don't get help from their mom or dad so feel I am going the battle alone. Am in my 50's so am tired and need some advice that anyone can offer.

Joyce - posted on 08/12/2009

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I have always found that keeping him on an additive free diet helped with the hyper, alergies go hand in hand with this condition also a book by Dr Graham Green I think his name is, how to cope with ADHD was my bible when Ej was growing up, its trial and error love, you just have to read up on it as much as poss, my son doesnt have dairy cos if he did then I wouldnt have a house lol. Hang in there girl!!

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