ADHD vs ODD vs Biploar disorder

Melanie - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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does anyone have experience in the best approach for behavior modification with kids that have behavior disorders related to ADHD, ODD, or Bipolar Disorder?

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Lisa - posted on 01/18/2010

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My daughter has all 3 of those. It is far from fun. You really just have to find what fits. Depending on the kids, reconstructed behavior inforcing helps. Medication and counciling help some. Make sure you allow for adequit breathing room for ur kid. My daughter does her homework at night after all the other kids are in bed. Then she has time after school and run some energy off and I have time to help her with her work without interuptions.

Crystal - posted on 01/17/2010

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My little boy is ADHD, he turns 7 this year and was diagnosed when he was 4, my son is quite bad with it.... It is hard to deal with and affects each child differently, my brother had it as well, so I do have some experience with it. My son also has ODD, global developmental delay and Autism, and sensory problem. My advice would be to talk to his pediatrician, also it wouldn't hurt to go and see an Occupational therapist with him, as that is something that helped us quite a bit as generally with children with adhd they are unable to form their own proprioceptive input, so they tend to act out on it, the O.T will show you ways to give this to your child, so that when they start to lash out and have a "moment" you are able to put these into affect and you will be surprised at how well they work.... But also as Amanda said, ask the doctor for leaflets and info, as well as asking his teacher.... and don't be against medication, as my son is on it and the improvement is amazing, he has actually started advancing and learning since being on them, as well as we are all able to go out as a family now as he is well behaved, plus he is so much happier as he is not getting in trouble all the time..... I hope this has helped... I know it is hard on the parents and the siblings, but it is really hard on the child that has it.....

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it really depends on the individual child and how the disorders manifest in them. as a general rule, I would say modelling appropriate behaviour and enforcing rules relating to the safety of themselves and others is a good place to start. other than that, you should really consult a medical/behavioural/psychological specialist.

Nichole - posted on 07/13/2013

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medications for duel diagnose is hardest to treat thats me! a lot of controlled symptoms for one bring out the consistentcy od another..its commen and if its not treated responsibly addiction soond
s follows cuz we feel unbalanced and donr
t know why until its professionally diagnosed and treatment group and 3 meds keep my symptoms controlled
it hard feling like a outcast to..

Nichole - posted on 07/13/2013

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what i hate is having both disorders and the normal parent refuses to try meds even though nothing else works he has no clur
e how difficult life was for me until i was treated at 37... its life changing

Nichole - posted on 07/13/2013

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try recommended steps the dr teacher try before resorting to meds sometimes doing both are whar
t controls it school is hard for them too

Abbie - posted on 03/10/2010

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I would try a gluten free diet for anyone that has ADHD (if you want more information on that let me know--I have tons!!) I would also say that kids (or adults) with any of the disorders mentioned require a VERY structured environment. It is important that they know what is coming both in daily routine and discipline. It is necessary to explain expectations, give clear warnings when the expectation is not met, and swift and consistent discipline (time outs work great!) One warning with follow through is the best way to handle any kind of behavior problems--even the extreme problems. It is hard to implement this and stick to it, but once you get your kids in a routine it will be much easier. Empty threats only make the behaviors worse. Do what you say and say what you do. It is harder when you are dealing with a 13 year old because behaviors have already been set and must be "rewired". But for the younger kids it will take a lot of patience and consistency, but it can work!! My husband has ADD; I am OCD; and my son is showing signs of both already. Timeouts have been working for us so far--I think it helps that we started early--he is 15 months old and we started doing timeouts when he turned 1. I can't stress enough how important structure and follow through are for kids. For the moms....it is SUPER important for you to get involved in some kind of support group. You need to talk about the frustrations and difficulties. It is healthy to express your feelings--even if they don't sound "pretty". Good luck to all of you!!

Deborah - posted on 03/09/2010

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I have a son 13 he was misdiagnosed with ADHD when he was six he was on the meds for awhile they made him worse then we tried therapy they diagnosed him with a mood disorder. Some days i feel like i want to give up hes argumentative .picks fights with us even ,and is so angry ALL the time he doesnt give me a moments peace when he home. He loves his baby sister tho i still dont trust him alone with her tho.he does very well in school wich is y we were confused about the ADHD diagnosis because thats usually a efeect is cant consintrate in class and failing .so i would recomend therapy if he has someone to talk to it might help

Tiffany - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son Tanner has ADHD/Bipolar.. it is so hard to deal with. I feel like I am at the point where I am going to break. I try to get him all the help he needs, and get nothing but disappointment from doctors and other behavioral health depts. Tanner can be so violent.. he has a two year old sister, he is 5.. I have to watch him all the time, or he could hurt her really bad! He is violent to me, his Grandma and pretty much anyone he comes in contact with, he cannot be left alone ever.. It is so mentally and physically draining.. I can't even explain it... At times I just feel like given up.. but I do love him dearly.. and he is a loving child.. and I have to remember that all of this is not his fault.. but it still doesn't make it any easier to deal with. My Mom helps me alot!! But she gets so upset with him and yells and screams.. I explain that doesn't help the situation only makes it worse.. .but she says.. it comes when she just can't take it any longer.... Ugh.. just want some relief from the day to day drama that is my life as I know it....

User - posted on 01/17/2010

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yes i have a son who is 8yrs old and got diagnosed with adhd in april last year i dont have much experience but i know its hard work. My son has it very mild and we are going through some rough pactches to be up front sorry .My son has some behaviour problems and can be hard to explaine but we ahve work out some of the problems like runing up and down for no reson or lashing out on his younger brother or us so it is hard. The best thing is explaine everything to the doctors and who every else you and tell in the professions you can grab. It is hard to find them and can be some stressful work , and some one told me you have to fight for your kids no matter what and get on to the phone to people and explaine what is happing and get the doctors schools to give you information on places you can go to get the help you need, I hope this has help let me know how you get on keep in touch as the fraze its good to talk xx take care my friend i know how hard it is and the big bad world out there xx

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