ADHD and puberty

Michele - posted on 01/20/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter was diagnosed with severe ADHD at the age of 5, and we have been able to control it with medication and vitamin supplements up to this point. Our problem now is that she is in puberty and it seems almost impossible to control her impulses, both physically and verbally. Of course, some of this is expected at this age, and I have gone through it with my other daughter. However, this is beyond normal puberty mood swings. She is at the maximum level of medication that she can take for her weight/size (not very high dose since she has always been tiny). We had hoped that she would be one of the kids who out grow ADHD once she hit puberty, but it actually seems to be getting worse. Anyone have any advice or tricks that have helped get through this stage?

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Christina - posted on 09/08/2011

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I got my son in music lessons and when he is irratated and edgy, i get him to play his music and it calms him right down

Valerie - posted on 01/26/2011

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Hello! I have twin 15 year old girls, both with severe high end ADD/ADHD (they were dual diagnosed with both).. the teen years are trying for anyone, let alone kids with ADD/ADHD- and ESPECIALLY the parents! I agree, maybe talk to the doctor about switching meds, as my girls are both pretty small, but are on high doses of adderrall XR and have been (one on 30mg and one on 25mg). The doctor explained to me that it isn't the body size (for this med at least) but that it's their brain and how their body metabolizes the drug, and every child is different, so for one child 15mg might work just fine (or adult) and another needs 30mg (I was very curious about all this as they are twins and need different dosages).. Hope you find something that works!!! GOOD LUCK!!! MAY WE ALL SURVIVE THESE TRYING YEARS ;) ~~ Valerie

Kathy - posted on 01/26/2011

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Chris Dendy's book, Teenagers with ADD, is good. Her son Alex Zeigler, who has ADD, just produced a video, Real Life ADHD: A Survival Guide for Children and Teens. I plan to watch it today and review it on my website soon.

Kathy - posted on 01/26/2011

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Along with looking at other medications (coordinated by a thoughtful, psychiatrist who listens well) , exercise is even more important now. It helps distracted minds settle down, and hyperactive bodies rest. If she is not in a sport, consider martial arts (great for focus), dance, running, jogging, swimming. DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) gives a good workout. One mom I interviewed for my book said that her son practiced drums in the morning before schoolwork (she was homeschooling) and that helped him focus. My son ran two miles every morning before school.

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Shannon - posted on 10/11/2011

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Hey guys, I have a son he's 12 goiong on 13 next month and he is having a hard time with his ADHD. I am also looking for other mums to talk to that are going through the same things that we are and you are right it is nice to know that you are not alone and that some one else feels the same way you do. My son has not gotten to the point that he is mean to me or my husband but likes to pick on his brothers and argues with his grandfather constantly. the never having anything to say drives me crazy and the lying and stealing gets old real quick, he wants friends so bad that he does what they want then next thing he knows he's in trouble. I don't know if i'm more upset with him or for him. I have my own learning disabilities and I was majorly picked on as a kid and teen so I know what he is dealing with and with his ADHD evertything is so much worse. I look forward to talking with other mums dealing with the same things Shannon

Tracey - posted on 10/10/2011

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Wow, I'm so glad you posted this because my Son is doing the same thing ! He's 14 and about 2 mos. ago He hit puberty, and He's been impossible to deal with, oh, He's also 6 feet tall and 258 pounds, Michele, sometimes it helps just knowimg that your not alone. Hand in there, I'll be praying for you.

Rachel - posted on 01/26/2011

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My Son has ADHD, I have ADHD. Puberty is the key here. The Hormones at different times of the month have been reported to negate the good effects of the meds. Might be time to try another medication. Also might be worth the research to google ADHD and Puberty. Here is a link to one I found for you! Best of luck! http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/...

Roszette - posted on 01/26/2011

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Have her tested for bipolar. I was also diagnosed ADHD around 7yrs old and when i turned 12 and started going through puberty my parents said the same thing so my parents pushed the doctors to find out what was going on. And the ended diagnoising me with bipolar. I was angry one min the overly happy the next. i was never in the middle or a normal mood.

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2011

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My younger sister has ADHD and honestly if someone has it they have it and they won't "grow out of it." I don't know if a doctor told you that, but ADHD is chemical imbalance in the brain that causes the neurons to short circuit and not make the connections. This is not something that can be "outgrown." Yes, someone might be able to make improvements and be able to overcome some of the behavior issues that result from the poor connections in the brain, but certainly not at or during puberty! It also depends on what meds she is taking, maybe try a different kind. Non-stimulant meds are not as effective and if what she's currently using isn't working then try something different. There are several kinds on the market, some can be taken every 4 hours at max dose for max effectiveness, while others just need a steady stream of a lower dose. You would be talking to her psychiatrist about this.

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You might tell your doctor and see about trying another medication. we just went through this with my son last week. he has been on the same medication for 2 yr but the last month/two he has been reacting differently and being a lot meaner, etc.. He is 14-1/2 -- so unsure if it is the meds or "teenage" stuff which I have also experienced with my older son. it is hard to tell. we are trying a new medication this week and seems better. (He also could not go any higher on his dosage due to side effects) as for outgrowing ADHD, I don't believe that happens, I have read a lot and from what I have also observed, I think people just learn coping mechanisms and ways to cover it up as an adult and also, maturity helps. My advice is tell your doctor.

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