How do you know your child has ADHD

Valerie - posted on 05/20/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Sometimes my child acts up in school. He doesn't seem focus and likes to talk a lot at school. At home he is my lil man. So well behave and happy.

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Jessy - posted on 05/22/2009

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Hi, my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD when she was six when she was being tested by a psychologist for dyslexia. They decided she wasn't bad enough to need medication, but suggested occupational therapy (with which we had some success) We also persevered with an elimination 'failsafe' diet for about 6 months to work out what if anything she reacted to. Again - we had SOME success, but not enough to justify severly restricting her diet - BUT I'm still glad we tried. She's now almost 9 and there are OCCASIONAL days when I feel like going to the Dr and just begging for Ritalin ... but these days pass - and mostly she does quite well as long as she has enough stimulation during the day and enough rest at night.



2 of my nephews (brothers) were also diagnosed with ADHD when they were about 5 & 7. Their Dr recommended medication for one and not for the other (a good sign that he was treating them as individuals). The Dr was very conservative in his approach and combined medication with behavioural therapy ... and encouraged his Mum to reduce medication to week days only ... then later - not on school holidays ... then eventually took him off it altogether - and he managed to cope fine with school after that. My nephew's main symptoms were a repetative kicking of his school desk leading to wearing a hole in 1 shoe very fast ... and being very easily distracted from the 'job at hand' and easily fascinated by other things.

Brnshuga - posted on 05/20/2009

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Well Hey Hey Hey, my son started in the preschool with throwing tantrums and throwing chairs. He was not too focused unless he was watching cartoons or video games. He never seemed to remember his work that he had to do for homework. He talked a lot to the other students. He made noises and tore paper up, something other than focus on the lessons. I went 5 years without meds on him and teachers kept telling me that he was a very bright student, he just do not seem focused! I finally went to his Dr and we talked and I had to get the teachers to evaluate his behavior and the way he deals with lessons and other students in the classroom! And it was true, he was labeled ADHD! I hated to even hear that, my child needs meds to concentrate? I first put him this one medication called Staterra.... did not like that one at all after the recalled it, due to children were committing suicide, I took him off that one. He is now taking Concerta... I or lets say we like that one now and he is doing much better in school! Just talk to your child's teacher and Dr and you will come up with the best strategy for him!

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Alice - posted on 04/13/2011

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You know how to deal with your child because he is your child. He may just be board and not engaged enough at school or challenged enough at school. A board child is a destructive child. There is a test the Teachers, and you can take to see if he ranks evaluating. Some children have it and you would never know. It took years of convincing to get my in-laws to accept it and really it was not until another grandchild was diagnosed that they understood. Once you start answering the questions on the test will it become more obvious.

This is no where close to the test you would have to fill out but it might help. http://www.meierclinics.com/xm_client/cl...

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Rebecca - posted on 05/22/2009

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hi i thought a few years back that my older son was adhd his attitude and temper was unbelievable and he had managed to fall over 2yrs behind in his school work even though he would sit down at home and do everything he needed too. he would push his younger brother off the sofa bite and kick me if i told him off so in the end i went to the doctors as he seemed so bad he ended up goin for blood tests and four months later i found out he had what they call 47xyy syndrome the main problems in this are learning difficulties and behaviour problems along with lack of concentration even thought there is nothing they can do about it as it is a genetic problem at least now i know he wasnt just been a naughty child there are so many different things out there that nobody knows about that adhd is a easy solution to it all but pls look deeper into it coz i found i made the mistake of taking the doctors word on things when it was something totally different 47XYY sydrome doesnt effect many but when it does it can be as bad as adhd at its worst

Tina - posted on 05/21/2009

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Quoting Tamela:

Well Hey Hey Hey, my son started in the preschool with throwing tantrums and throwing chairs. He was not too focused unless he was watching cartoons or video games. He never seemed to remember his work that he had to do for homework. He talked a lot to the other students. He made noises and tore paper up, something other than focus on the lessons. I went 5 years without meds on him and teachers kept telling me that he was a very bright student, he just do not seem focused! I finally went to his Dr and we talked and I had to get the teachers to evaluate his behavior and the way he deals with lessons and other students in the classroom! And it was true, he was labeled ADHD! I hated to even hear that, my child needs meds to concentrate? I first put him this one medication called Staterra.... did not like that one at all after the recalled it, due to children were committing suicide, I took him off that one. He is now taking Concerta... I or lets say we like that one now and he is doing much better in school! Just talk to your child's teacher and Dr and you will come up with the best strategy for him!


there is suicides in alot of ages of kids with any meds like any of these..straterra i was told is a milder med not specifically made for adhd like alot of others but has shown that it helps



my daughter is almost 10 she's been on it for almost 2 yrs,she knows and likes that it helps her



was told she may not have to be on long time she can learn how to handle herself. but before figetted noises not sitting still walking all over in her classroom making it hard for other kids in room.



 



but i've also read lately that a chiropractor can help with lots of things for kids (look it up-  chiropractic for kids on internet)  allergies,adhd,bed wetting,upper respiratory infections,ear inf.,attitude, and a few more so i made appoin. for all 3 of my kids....we'll see  hope

Tina - posted on 05/21/2009

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my daugter couldn't sit still at school and was falling behind terribly couldn't focus on work at all homework was complete h e l l......she has adhd and the first day on medicine(straterra) was pretty scary all dopey and just layed around pretty dazed

Justine - posted on 05/21/2009

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My son was just diagnosed. The school system actually did testing with him. His teachers were worried about some behaviors he was showing in class. I'd recommend meeting with his teachers and if one is available the school psych. We were able to do a Connor's test which will help any professional evaluate him through the school. From there I knew of a therapist that works with all ages of patients. It's important to ask if the therapists has experience diagnosing kids. There are many things that can present similar to ADHD. One final piece of advice - if it looks like there might be an issue with your son pick up the book "Kids in the Syndrome Mix". The book covers everything from definitions of diagnosis, medications, therapy practices for specific issues. It's been a great tool to have to help understand my son and what he's going through.

Nancy - posted on 05/21/2009

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If his behavior is affecting his ability to learn, then he may have ADHD. I have 5 boys, so rowdy and rambunctious are the norm at my home. I always new that my oldest and third were hyper, but didn't do anything about it until their teachers began to express concern. Then we had them tested and began medication which has made a world of difference for my boys. They are able to function and are doing well in school.

Kimberly - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had the same issues with our son Dylan in the first grade. I went to his pediatrician and he diagnosed Dylan with ADHD. Dylan started medication right away and then things changed....Our happy little guy had no emotions and was just off in this world. I told my self for the first year that his grade was better and he was acting better in school. Dylan Third grade teacher said his grades are great but he has social issues and will not socialize with the other kids. we took Dylan to Riley to see a child psychologist and that when he was diagnosed with Aspergers (form Autism) and was recommended to take him off his meds. If you have him check out go to specalist and not have him taking meds he really dont need.

Sharon - posted on 05/21/2009

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Talk to your child and see if something is happening in school. Then talk to your pediatrician. My son was diagnosed at 6. We took him to a neuro-psycologist. Who suggested ADHD? You or the teacher?

Heather - posted on 05/21/2009

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Sounds like some familiar stories here. My 8 yo was diagnosed with ADHD in KG but ever since he was 2 we noticed some issues with food. We finally found out through an elimination diet that he cannot have any food coloring - they are linked to ADHD! This was even recently on the show "The Doctors". Academically he is fine. Behaviorally, he is fine, except for issues with impulse control, if he doesn't have any food coloring. If he has any at all, he turns into a different child - making noises, can't sit still, can't keep his hands to himself, wets the bed. It can take up to 3-4 days for it to leave his body. I suggest to everyone to look into diet issues - we have had a TON of success. There are also things like additives/preservatives that can cause issues.

Stacey - posted on 05/21/2009

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a child cannot be diagnosed with adhd under the age of 5 you look for signs if he good at home but not in school then maybe he would rather be at home with you then be in school my child is 4 and he is the exact same i cut out sugar and sweets he has a sweet on a sat and sun thats it and he seem`s to have carmed down in school alot try cutting out sweets and sugar durin week it may help

Sarah - posted on 05/21/2009

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my son was just dignosed with adhd and odd this january. adhd kids fidget alot and dont sit still. they get bored easily and have zero attention span or just a little bit of one

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My sons school knew he had a problem but didnt know wot it could be so asked me 2 see the doctor who referred him on......he was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 7. He made lots of noise at school and at home, couldnt focus on anything for long - still cant - never sat still, always wandered about in class but the worse thing was bed time. He was so hyperactive it was untrue....it was a nightmare. But he`s a lot more settled now, he`s nearly fifteen now and been on ritalin since he was diagnosed which we have found a big help.

Jenny - posted on 05/20/2009

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Talk with the teachers, and to your pediatrician. For my son, we were having the same problem. I am a strong advocate on not "drugging" or prescribing medications for him that will turn him into a zombie. It could be a range of so many things sleep problems, sensory issues ( your pediatrician might recommend a good pediatric occupational therapist), to a learning disability, to something as simple as just plain being bored with the issue. Your the one that knows your child best.

Melissa - posted on 05/20/2009

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Talk to his pediatrician there is a test that they can give you it is three papers one to be filled out by you one for dad and one for the teachers. Both my boys have ADHD and did not give me a hard time at home but it was a different story in school. Mostly listen to yourself and your child. If either of you is unhappy with the way things are being dealt with trust yourself...don't let others second guess you!! And remember that the world is full of people who have ADHD it is not the end of the world. Also when the doctor wanted to put my kids on meds, they were resistant but I said lets try it, if you don't like how it makes you feel we will find something else. Both of my boys noticed a huge diffence with Adderall and want to be on it, the teachers have noticed huge changes for the better and school is an overall better experience for them now.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2009

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its not ne of those things that you can self diagnose. its a combination of a lot of things. go with your hunches and get some intervention from the appropriate places. dont be afraid to say im not sure and i want to know. abviously, an excess of energy to the point of being a nusiance. it seems they will just not stop. im not an advocate of ritolin unless really necessary. i would like to think ptople will try other things before that. from what you say, i would also look into dyslexia or dyspraxia. learning disabilities have a 60% chance of co morbidity. look at his attention span and short term memory as well. they can relate to things. then contact a pedeatrician to see if they will give you a diagnosis. dont take no for an answer. lol.

Selina - posted on 05/20/2009

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The best thing to do is to talk to his pediatrician. My son was tested for it by a child psychologist. They also tested him for dyslexia. It turned out that he had something totally different than either one.

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