i think my josh may have adhd does anyone have information on this

Tanya - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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josh has been in alot of trouble at school and home lately for angry behavior has been susspended three time from school and hit teachers and strangled a pupil (not to death but not the point ) Please help

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Casey - posted on 06/12/2009

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First off, How old is Josh?

And it sounds more to me that Josh is dealing more with an anger issue rather than ADHD. Usually, ADHD concentrates more on the childs Attention Span, Hyper behavior, or lack of Comprehension in various things. It seems from your son's actions that he is expressing anger and fustration. Maybe the most effective route to take would be to have him sit down and talk to a therapist or a person that he respects and loves alot..Just to anaylze what is causing this behavior and/or what triggers these actions.

Beth - posted on 06/12/2009

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the answer is a really good, smart, pediatric neurologist. My daughter was identified as having learning disabilites from early on, but it was always hard to identify what exactly her "problem" was. I took her to see one pediatric neurologist when she was about 7 and I thought he was an idiot! A few years later, my pediatrician recommended another doctor who was new to the area and we went to see her. She is extremely smart and spent a long time figuring things out and sending my daughter for many different types of tests. Eventually, my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, with only the attention deficit disorder and not the hyperactivity component. She was put on Concerta and has done MUCH better in school.



My daughter still has other issues that have been hard to define and treat, they know that she has some type of neurological issue but have never been able to identify what caused it. She is classified (in school) as "communication impaired" and receives a lot of special assistance as a result.



The child study team at the school has been invaluble in their support and assistance and my daughter is doing well in school, or as well as we expect her to.



She is going on to high school next year and we hope that she will continue to thrive.



I think that finding a great doctor has been really helpful and I have appreciated her input and advice over the years.

Dawn - posted on 06/12/2009

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children who truely have adhd are not violent to what i understand about adhd. I would say that maybe something else is going on and you should really see a doctor that specialize in behavioral issues. I would as a parent request that the school write a letter on his behavior and then what happen before and after the issue. i hope that everything works out

Carrie - posted on 06/12/2009

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You should check for sensory disorders, too. It's hard to tell with only this info, but I would look for other reasons for the way he is acting out. Sensory disorders are often misdiagnoses as ADHD so it is something to consider. Look up sensory processing dysfunction.

Veronica - posted on 06/12/2009

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There are some great products for this, if needed (supplements rather than drugs) Its the Spectrum line: multivitamins and OPC3 for children - it has done well with children who have ADHD, autism, and the like. If you'd like to look into something alternative for him, when it comes down to it, just send me a message. Take care, and I wish you and your family well with this issue.

Veronica

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Denise - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son is ADHD and borderline bi polor, I agree with the other moms. There may be more to it. My son use to get violent but he is on meds. They help alote. Without them my son could never succeed. I know meds are not what most moms want, I to struggled with it. But I wanted my son to be able to live happy and not have the struggle every second and everyday, with everything. Without it my son can not function. He is very hard to get controled to even sit and eat and have a talk with. Get him evaluated it may be just a young boy haveing some issuses that he is afraid to disscuss or doent know how to say it.

Tanya - posted on 06/12/2009

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ps .. this has been going on about three years now and i thought he needed anger management or something ages ago but they all said no they dont do that , guys you have been most helpful thankyou

Tanya - posted on 06/12/2009

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thanx casey josh is nearly ten and does not have a very good attenttion span , we are going to family therepy at our local child and adolsent mental health place and josh has been caffed (????) and the school are just setting up a psp programme (????)

Amy - posted on 06/12/2009

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I agree with Casey. Children with ADHD are usually in trouble because of attention problems and goofing around in the classroom, not because of violent behavior. Either way, a behavioral therapist could give you some definite answers. They would be able to meet with you and Josh, and would be able to give you a better answer about what is currently troubling him.

Another clue that it's not ADHD is that this behavior doesn't seem to be a typical behavior for him. Try to think of reasons why his anger may have started, and talk to your pediatrician or therapist about what some of the causes might be.

Good luck!

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