Is ADHD possible at 4?

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am out of ideas to help my son. I love him to death but he makes my life and my parent’s lives miserable. He is constantly climbing on things, never listens to directions, hurts and torments his 1 year old brother, throws things, takes things or hits things out of people’s hands, has no remorse, never sleeps and says no to everything. I feel like i have tried every type of discipline but he is just out of control. He has been seeing a therapist but to no avail. Every single thing is a fight with him, no matter how big or small. I am afraid if i don't do something it’s only going to escalate.

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Jennifer - posted on 05/15/2014

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I don’t think anyone in my family has it but I can remembering doing a lot of the things he does when I was a child. So I wonder if it’s just him being defiant. I thought he would grow out of it but he is just getting worse and the danger of it is escalating. I can’t ever leave him alone with his younger brother because he is so aggressive my younger son always ends up getting hurt. He climbs on absolutely everything! It’s become the norm now to see him up in a windowsill or on top of a dresser. No matter how many times I discipline him he always repeats the same behavior. It’s like he can’t help himself. The only time I can get him to stay still is if he’s watching TV. I know it’s awful but sometimes I turn it on just to get a break from him. He is just nonstop and I feel like every move he makes is a deliberate attempt to hurt or annoy someone. Where do I start for help?

Brittany - posted on 05/14/2014

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oh! I've been there! My son is 3 and did the exact same things that you are describing. Take him to a developmental pediatrician. ADHD is too hard to diagnose at such a young age, so they diagnose it as "hyperactivity disorder" which is the same thing. They put my son on Tenex which has helped slow him down quite bit. he was so hyper he was dangerous. Climbing on my furniture, throwing things at my tv, running through the house all day, and very difficult sleep patterns. Can your son focus on anything for more than a couple of minutes? I would definitely have him evaluated!

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