dose any one know anything about adhd??

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Angela - posted on 08/14/2009

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I am studying to be a teacher and this is a big issue that I am in the middle of studying and all I will say is that you should take him to alot of different doctors without telling them what the previous doctors had said before you put him on meds. Think about the meds for a long time, do research, and even if the doctors get annoyed with you ask questions. Ask alot of questions about everything. Sometimes kids need alot of stimulation for their mind and some kids really do have ADHD. Some minds need to have a bunch of different things to look at and touch and play with. You may get very tired but it is better then putting him on drugs that he doesn't need. If he does need them make sure that you get him on the right ones and don't feel bad if you have to and he does have ADHD. It doesn't mean that you screwed him up. This is just an aspect of your child whom you love. Biggest thing I can tell you though, because I have seen alot of horror stories since they are trying to get teachers not to turn them in for this as much anymore, is to ask questions. Make the doctor stop and talk to you. If they won't then you take him elsewhere and in all the frustration with your kids, make yourself kiss them when you are the most frustrated about anything. It helps me all the time.

Tabitha - posted on 08/14/2009

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my son has adhd and was diagnosed at 2 i know young but his was severe and they would have never found out that early if it hadnt been for his pts, I had noticed the constant moving and hyperness and talking rapidly but couldt get out what he needed to let us know but i figured it was the true boy in him. I hesitated on meds for a long time i didnt want my child to be put on meds for something that he may grow out of or be able to control himself. we changed his diet and set different bounderies and rules he went to a school for kids with adhd to help control himself but the more we tried the worse it got. He would get so angry and frustrated when he would try to do something and couldnt be focused on it or tell us something and we couldnt understand. at 4 we tried the meds lord what a thing to go through we had to keep watch on everything inside and out of him they tried many different things on him but still no good result. I got tired and said ok thats enough no more meds and took him off but then his school work got bad his teacher sent home bad notes from kindergarten he is a very bright child but acted as though he didnt care anymore. I recently went back to the doctor and they tried a new med on him i was scared again but to bet all it worked! he came to me within the first week with all these new ideas he had and things he has been wanting to say he is more loving to me and his dad and sibling. He used to wet the bed everynight and hasnt done so since he also walked up to me the other day and said ya know ma I am happy now. you dont know how that feels when your child cant tell you for so long how he feels cause he dont know himself and one day its like a light goes off and he is home. all i can say is it is your choice but dont be scared to tell doctors what you think and ask any questions and if you do decide on meds if you dont like what they give him tell them! dont let them rule you, you know your child they just know his medical term! Good luck hope all goes well

Mary - posted on 08/14/2009

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Both of my sons have ADHD. They are now 12 and 10. They received neurofeedback treatment and it helped out a lot. I also found that artifical colors would make their ADHD symptoms worse. Check out the Feingold Association for information about diet and behavior. Removing colors from their diet and the neurofeedback made it possible for them to take a very low dose of medication. My oldest son struggled most in school so the adjustment from elementary to middle school last year was very difficult for him. It was very hard for him to pay attention in class, especially when it was a class that did not interest him. We found that if he draws pictures during the lecture he retains more information. His middle school seperates the classes by gender. I think that helped too.

Claire - posted on 08/14/2009

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Often in an attempt to cover up ADHD traits a doctor will prescribe some drug. Please do yourself and you son a favour, and before you ever consider going the drug-treatment, think about working on his diet. There are MANY trigger foods. PP mentioned gluetin - which is a big one - but also, apples, corn, soy, lactose...and more!



Before you go and totally re-haul your diets, cut out sugars as best as you can. Of course fructose is not harmful, but refined sugar is awful for everyone - especially sensitive children.



There are lots of triggers for ADHD including certain frequencies from the television, flourescent lights, computers and so on.



Then, there is a method of thinking that parents realize though their child is "different" they are special, and deserve to have their abilities honoured. Do some research on indigo children or new children. Perhaps this will help put in perspective that though they work/think/act differently, these children actually are given a gift to help shift the way that WE think/act/react.

Sara - posted on 08/14/2009

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Yes, my eleven year old was just diagnosed this year with the disorder. For years we suspected it but controlled it with diet and focus; however the older he gets the harder it is to get all 7 teachers on the same band wagon. One of the dietary controls that you can do is limit the amount of wheat product your child eats. Things like wheat, rye and oats (all very healthy products) have gluten in them which is like fuel for the child with ADHD. I suggest using a bread product like Iron Kids which is the white bread with all of the vitamins and nutrients you want your child to have. One important thing to remember is to keep calm when your child exhibits this behavior, they can not help themselves one strategy that I use often and love it the "name" strategy. My grandfather taught me to call my son when I wanted his attention. EX : "Spencer, I need your ears for a moment" calling the name of the child and telling exactly what you need of him/her helps alot. Always remember to give short and specific instruction and to always make sure the child has busy work (ie drawing pad). Hope some of these suggestions help! Good Luck!

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Stephanie - posted on 08/15/2009

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I have it, I have ADD and ADHD, I was a problem child and the add and adhd was only diagnosed when I was 17, the and I was put on a combination of Concerta and ritalin, If your child does have it and it cant be controlled by diet and excersise then not neciserrily the first medication they get put on will work, some people need a combination of them, different things work for different people

Tabitha - posted on 08/15/2009

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the new meds he is on are vyvance and its great we have tried many many others with no luck but so far so good on this one
good luck to you

Charlene - posted on 08/15/2009

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hi there, my son was diagnosed with adhd when he was 5 yrs old, i started noticing symptoms from he started nursery wen he was 3 trs old. For 2 and half years i tried out natural treatments and excluding certaint things from his diet, but with luck i got a few secong opinions from doctors about what to do next. Thats wen i came to the conclusion that i woukld try some medication, tried a few before i finally found one that suited him which is called dexemfetamine(dexedrine for short).all the others either made him too spaced out or didnt work at all.all depends on the child though. i would recommend you tried others methods before you decide to try medication. all the best! my son is 8 now and although his alot calmer on the med, i prefer wen his not on it as he has such a funny outgoing and entertaining character.xx

Bekki - posted on 08/15/2009

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It's normally quite a long process getting the diagnosis involving watching dvds, and specialists observing his behaviour at home and school. But there's lots of support out there so grab it with both hands

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my 8 year old was just diagnosed.



INATENTION SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

Not paying attention to detail

Making careless mistakes

Failing to pay attention and keep on task

Not listening

Being unable to follow or understand instructions

Avoiding tasks that involve effort

Being distracted or forgetful

Losing things that are needed to complete tasks



IMPULSIVITY / HYPERACTIVITY SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

Fidgeting

Squirming

Getting up often when seated

Running or climbing at inappropriate times

Having trouble playing quietly

Talking excessively or out of turn

Interrupting



COMBINED TYPE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

mixed symptoms from the 2 above types



my son has the combined type and he has ALL the above symptoms.. i have been through the diet eliminating all sorts of things but i dont think it works at all. after a month there was no difference.. we also have a strict routine but that does not help either.. after all if a child is impulsive they will be it no matter what the rules are. they dont stop to think about the consequenses.. so the only thing left for us to try is medication. as much as i hate the thought i want my son to enjoy socialising which he has never done due to the behaviour shown because of his ADHD.. he has no friends so i jst want him to be happy... i hope you figure out what type he has and hopefully you find something to work for you xx

Cindy - posted on 08/15/2009

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thank you soooo much i am tuoched by your words my son is 4 and has always been like your son i feel like im not the only one out there is there any way you can tell me what the med was?????

Cindy - posted on 08/15/2009

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thank you so much to take the time to let me know this is all new to my son and I. I hope we pick the right path to go down.... thank you for all of the support!!!!

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