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Any of your kids have ADHD?

Posted by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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 Hi all.  My son is almost 11 and has had problems at school sitting still, paying attention, blurting things out, and making distracting noises.  He has been like this for as long as I remember but I was hoping that it was something that he would grow out of.  I have yet another teacher this year emailing me about how my son is doing all of this again in her class and how he is disrupting the other children.  Ive heard from some people that they think my son does have adhd and some that say no.  We went to the doctor a few years ago and all I did was fill out a questionnaire (at a specialists office) and after she asked me a few questions she put him on ritalin.  After he was on it he became very emotional and angry so we took him off it and I didnt take him back to the doctor again.

Things Ive noticed about my son are that its hard for him to sleep at night, he cannot sit still, you have to repeat what you want him to do step by step or he will forget or become distracted, if he hears a word or phrase that he likes he will say it over and over throughout the day, he squints his eyes often through the day, after he eats anything he gets really energetic, and also his eyes look blood shot at night.  He becomes aggitated easily and cant make up his mind about things.  He also has trouble doing his math homework.  There might be more but I cant think of it right now.  Im making an appointment with a pediatric neurologist soon.  I just wanted to see if anyone's child had any similar problems.  Thanks :)

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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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psych_mom
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM
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You can  take him to see a behavioral therapist (psychologist) that can teach him ways to help control his behavior. There are other non-stimulant type medications that can help as well such as Intuniv. I do not have a child that has ADHD, but I have researched this for one of my many psych and counseling classes that I have had to take. It sounds like you are going in the right direction by going to a different doctor. For one, ritalin is not the only medication for this anymore and really isn't the go to medication anymore. Secondly, it sounds like it could be ADHD, but it could also be something else. I have found that there are more involved questionnaires that psychologist and psychiatrist have and most likely neurologist than a pediatrician to help with this diagnosis. I hope that you can get a more conclusive diagnosis and better treatment plan with the neurologist.

WildCat73
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Yes my daughter does. She was seeing a counselor and also is on medicine. I noticed her medicine wore off at her school play though , she aslo has high functioning autism so she is not getting the boundary thing. She was bouncing all over even when there was no movements, then she started picking at her dress,touching her face, then she started picking at her friends shiny pants.Seriously.She destroys things etc. She aslo becomes very angry. They said part of that is do to her autism but the other part is the adhd.  I refuse to elt them give her ritalin but they have her on focalin 2x a day. but it is not working well anymore. I am going to need a referral back over to pyschologist because her pedtircian ( spelling ) does not want to deal with it do to her being on a antidepressant.

psych_mom
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

You may want to talk to them about the Intuniv. My son doesn't have ADD or ADHD but he was on it for awhile because someone (his step mom and a teacher that didn't like him in 3rd grade) convinced a different doctor that he had ODD and it helped with his concentration. I took him to a psychologist and come to find out his issues were with his step mom anyways... 

It was actually that diagnosis that promted me to study it in depth for my psych class at school.

Quoting WildCat73:

Yes my daughter does. She was seeing a counselor and also is on medicine. I noticed her medicine wore off at her school play though , she aslo has high functioning autism so she is not getting the boundary thing. She was bouncing all over even when there was no movements, then she started picking at her dress,touching her face, then she started picking at her friends shiny pants.Seriously.She destroys things etc. She aslo becomes very angry. They said part of that is do to her autism but the other part is the adhd.  I refuse to elt them give her ritalin but they have her on focalin 2x a day. but it is not working well anymore. I am going to need a referral back over to pyschologist because her pedtircian ( spelling ) does not want to deal with it do to her being on a antidepressant.


wakymom
by Silver Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

 Ds1 has adhd. Our family dr diagnosed him in 2nd gr, but we didn't do anything about it at the time. At the end of 5th gr, it was really interferring w/ his schoolwork, so his new pediatrician gave us and his teacher a questionaire to fill out. Based on our responses to that, she re-diagnosed him w/ it. This time, we chose to go the medication route. He started out on Vyvance. THat worked great until his body got used to it and we maxed out the dosage. He's now on Adderal and doing better. He still have his moments, and we can definitely tell when he forgets to take it, but overall, he does better.

 

 

 

 

 

Lorena
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM
My ds13 has adhd he was diagnost when he was about 6. He was doing all the things that you said plus he would get violent mostly with me at the time. I did not want to go the medicated route but after he attacked me with a hammer I knew I couldn't do it on my own. After several medications Ritalin, the patch, sotera we are now on Focalin 2x a day along with an antidepressant. He has also been on meds to help him sleep at night (he would stay up all night and still be up at the crack of dawn). And for bladder control.
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Debra624
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I have a 14 year old son with ADHD. He was always on the go from the time he could walk. He could never sit still. I had him tested when he was 51/2 and again at age 7. He has been taking Concerta for many years and is doing very well in school. We still have our struggles, but with the right diagnosis and help it can be managed. Some of the symptoms your son is experiencing are very similar to my own son's issues before he began taking Concerta. I tried everything to not give him medication, but in the end it turned out to be the best choice for him.

WildCat73
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I am afraid of the Intutiv my other daughter went into violent outbursts on it, she basically flipped out. So it makes me scared to try it with her.

Quoting psych_mom:

You may want to talk to them about the Intuniv. My son doesn't have ADD or ADHD but he was on it for awhile because someone (his step mom and a teacher that didn't like him in 3rd grade) convinced a different doctor that he had ODD and it helped with his concentration. I took him to a psychologist and come to find out his issues were with his step mom anyways... 

It was actually that diagnosis that promted me to study it in depth for my psych class at school.

Quoting WildCat73:

Yes my daughter does. She was seeing a counselor and also is on medicine. I noticed her medicine wore off at her school play though , she aslo has high functioning autism so she is not getting the boundary thing. She was bouncing all over even when there was no movements, then she started picking at her dress,touching her face, then she started picking at her friends shiny pants.Seriously.She destroys things etc. She aslo becomes very angry. They said part of that is do to her autism but the other part is the adhd.  I refuse to elt them give her ritalin but they have her on focalin 2x a day. but it is not working well anymore. I am going to need a referral back over to pyschologist because her pedtircian ( spelling ) does not want to deal with it do to her being on a antidepressant.



psych_mom
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Oh wow. Don't blame you.

Quoting WildCat73:

I am afraid of the Intutiv my other daughter went into violent outbursts on it, she basically flipped out. So it makes me scared to try it with her.

Quoting psych_mom:

You may want to talk to them about the Intuniv. My son doesn't have ADD or ADHD but he was on it for awhile because someone (his step mom and a teacher that didn't like him in 3rd grade) convinced a different doctor that he had ODD and it helped with his concentration. I took him to a psychologist and come to find out his issues were with his step mom anyways... 

It was actually that diagnosis that promted me to study it in depth for my psych class at school.

Quoting WildCat73:

Yes my daughter does. She was seeing a counselor and also is on medicine. I noticed her medicine wore off at her school play though , she aslo has high functioning autism so she is not getting the boundary thing. She was bouncing all over even when there was no movements, then she started picking at her dress,touching her face, then she started picking at her friends shiny pants.Seriously.She destroys things etc. She aslo becomes very angry. They said part of that is do to her autism but the other part is the adhd.  I refuse to elt them give her ritalin but they have her on focalin 2x a day. but it is not working well anymore. I am going to need a referral back over to pyschologist because her pedtircian ( spelling ) does not want to deal with it do to her being on a antidepressant.



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TempestRayne
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM
It could be adhesive, but it could also be something else. He should really have an in depth evaluation hy a team of professionals if the meds didn't work.
kmrtigger
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM
I agree with everything she had said. My youngest does have ADHD and he is medicated only because nothing else we tried worked with him. He is straight A honor student and has been since first grade. He is now in third grade. He is asked to help tutor other kids.

I noticed a major difference in him a week after being on the medicine. And he came to me and said he was so happy he could pay attention in class and sit still.

Talk to your family doctor. They can send you in the right direction to begin the testing, etc.


Quoting psych_mom:

You can  take him to see a behavioral therapist (psychologist) that can teach him ways to help control his behavior. There are other non-stimulant type medications that can help as well such as Intuniv. I do not have a child that has ADHD, but I have researched this for one of my many psych and counseling classes that I have had to take. It sounds like you are going in the right direction by going to a different doctor. For one, ritalin is not the only medication for this anymore and really isn't the go to medication anymore. Secondly, it sounds like it could be ADHD, but it could also be something else. I have found that there are more involved questionnaires that psychologist and psychiatrist have and most likely neurologist than a pediatrician to help with this diagnosis. I hope that you can get a more conclusive diagnosis and better treatment plan with the neurologist.

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