ADHD and self harm

Traci - posted on 07/19/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 7 yr old step son has adhd and is on medication, but has temper tantrums and sometimes he gets so angry that he tries to hurt himself. so far he has told us he hates himself, wants to be someone else, doesn't want to be alive, bites and hits himself, and just today, said he doesn't want his arms anymore, and attempted to break his own arms. what can i do?
He is also very whiny and cries easily when he doesn't want to do what he is told. He is more baby-ish than my 4 yr old. Is this part of the adhd as well?

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I agree with Katherine. It is not a part of ADHD. I have two with ADHD and neither of them behave in this manner - they simply are very active and concentration is low... If your son acts in a manner that is threatening to himself, I agree that some kind of intervention is necessary. Call around your area to find some counseling/therapy for him asap! Good luck and keep us updated.

Katherine - posted on 07/19/2011

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I would say no, this is NOT part of ADHD. I have never heard of a child who acts in that manner with ADHD. You need to take him to a specialist asap.

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Robin - posted on 07/21/2011

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Traci,
It sounds like the medication they have him on may be hurting instead of helping. Call his doctor they may need to try a different ADHD medication. Hope this helps.
Robin,

Jennie - posted on 07/20/2011

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My son has ADD and Asperger's Syndrome a form of Autism and for a while he was the same with thougths of suicide. Your son needs to see a child psychologist, a therapist who will help him deal with his symptoms. Some medications given to children have awful side affects like suicidal thoughts. You have no choice Traci, you need more help that you can provide. It may be food allergies, it may be something else. Professional help is your best option. Good luck and God bless you and your son.

Amber - posted on 07/20/2011

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I highly recommend you get the book "Is This Your Child" By Doris Rapp. My son has food allergies that make him act like that. The book is written by a Pediatric Allergist who explains in detail how these sensitivities can present themselves, how to pin point them, etc. It has been so helpful to us. Some people will tell you it's a bunch of BS but we can see the drastic changes from a sweet boy to one who is violent with low self-esteem. My mom and sister now recognize it and won't give him offending foods.

Jill - posted on 07/20/2011

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This sounds alot like my step son when he was about 10 years old. We were first treating him also for ADHD but notice very little improvement. His dad and I went and had him tested and found out that he was Bi-polar. Once he was on different medication we started to notice a difference. We just know that we had to pay close attention to his medication w/ him getting older, now 14. Bad thing is just within the last year, we started to have more problems with him and he went to live w/ his biological mom who took him off his medication and she then started to have more problems w/ him and he now is in a foster home. Hope you can find something to help.

Traci - posted on 07/20/2011

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Thanks. At least I know it's not part of that. Kinda wish it was so we wouldn't have to go through more doctors again.
I will just have to see what we can do next, not sure what his biological mom will say about all of this, he lives with me and his dad, but they have joint custody so she is included in these kinds of decisions.

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