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ADHD?

Posted by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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My dd is four. Within the last year we have noticed a huge increase in tantrums anger, and extreme hyperactivity... I mean can't hold still even in her sleep hyper. At first we thought she was acting out because there have been a lot of changes, new baby, had to move in with MIL (long story not money issues) by now she should have been able to settle down and be back to her normal self. I've noticed she is lashing out even more now even becoming violent and saying things like I don't. Are and I hate you. She always seems so frustrated and pent up like she can't control herself.
I've been starting to see a lot of myself in her with all this. When I was little I was the same way and was diagnosed as ADHD whitch as I grew it turned into mild bipolar disorder.... Over the last week I have done an experiment and just after lunch I give her a melatonin suppliment (this is the part of the day that she is the worst) she still is not napping but has been a lot better... The sweet kind loving little girl I know.....I'm at a loss, is she too young to be tested?
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snowangel1979
by Bronze Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM
I want to say yes, she's too young.
I'm sure you can get her tested but Idk.
Maybe make an appointment with a therapist and see what's going on.

I would definitely not put her on meds that young. I don't consider melatonin meds. Does she get out in the fresh air and Sun during the morning, maybe try that.
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cbrizzee
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Ive tried the fresh air and sun... On nice days she spends most of her time in the back yard on her swing set and playing with the dogs. A therapist isnt a bad idea


Quoting snowangel1979:

I want to say yes, she's too young.

I'm sure you can get her tested but Idk.

Maybe make an appointment with a therapist and see what's going on.



I would definitely not put her on meds that young. I don't consider melatonin meds. Does she get out in the fresh air and Sun during the morning, maybe try that.

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robbinsroost
by Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

They don't like to test kids under 5. If it is really bad you can get her tested. My DS got tested at 5. He had been showing signs of ADHD for about 2 years before we got him tested.

Aydnsmommy
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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There are new guidelines that just came out this year that allows children as young as 3 to be tested and diagnosed. My ds is also 4 and was just diagnosed, but we refused meds. All the research I did on tge medication convinced me that meds are not an answer for us right now. If you do decide to get her tested and she is in fact diagnosed, then she can start school with an IEP in place and have all the help she will need to keep from falling behind.
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calvinsmommy18
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I'm not sure why you're concerned she's not napping. I think a lot of 4 yr olds don't nap. As far as her behavior I would def take her to a psychologist/psychiatrist or get a referral from her dr to take her to a specialist
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TerriAnne2606
by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

She is not too young to be tested.  I'm sorry you're having to go through this. Please speak with your pediatrician.

cbrizzee
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM
She stopped napping at about 18 months but she is always so tired and has big dark circles under eyes. On the days we can get a nap she is very different


Quoting calvinsmommy18:

I'm not sure why you're concerned she's not napping. I think a lot of 4 yr olds don't nap. As far as her behavior I would def take her to a psychologist/psychiatrist or get a referral from her dr to take her to a specialist

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Ilaynasmommy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM
And I agree with the naps. Dd quit taking naps at 3 unless she has an extremely exciting day. And then its usually because she decides on her own. If we try to make her nap it doesnt happen.
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corrinacs
by Platinum Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I would run it by your doctor, just in case.  Hopefully they can get it all figured out for you :) :)

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