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    Default Tell me about your child with ADHD.

    PinkSmarties. Are those traits of "normal" kids too though? Because every word describes my DD to a T!!

    She has never been like any other child I have known but didn't think anything of it till now :-/. DD is very intelligent and I always put her behavior down to not enough stimulation?

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    Can relate to every post. My DS is 6 he's a handful to say the least he had ADHD and ODD this morning he has drenched his sisterDD 2 yr old in milk @6 am so while I'm cleaning her n the mess he goes and helps himself to cupboard while standing on the beach he smashed a glass on floor purposely. So I put DD in loungeroom send him to his room proceed to clean up glass next thing I know he's emptied his sisters sippy cup into play tea set and all over carpet. So I finish cleaning glass n then go clean that. He then proceeds to go trash his sisters bedroom while I'm making their breakfast it's 7 by this time. Get breakfast done n meds n he's spilt his cereal everywhere more cleaning. Sent him to get dressed and he's flooded the bathroom my coffee went cold clean the flooded bathroom dress DD and. He's still not dressed physically go and dress him then argue for 5 min to brush his teeth n wash face. Still haven't gotten his hair brushed gave up on that one come back to loungeroom dd is on tv unit . Dress DD and then finally make my coffee again sit down try to drink it n they start fighting I'm over it today already
    He's very full on. Destructive n careless fidgits constantly can't sit still unless he's interested in something he won't do it. We have found craft to be very helpful he loves it but hardly finishes it. School has been a challange. Thankfully he has the same teacher this yr as he Di last and she is brilliant with him . he does stutter as he talks too fast. Very repetitive and obnoxious shopping is a nightmare as he asks for a toy everytime we go anywhere driving me bonkers he wanders off touches everything asks for everything and then if he doesn't get it throws tantrum and doesn't give up he can carry on for an hr no worries He has violent tantrums bed time protests every night loses everything. Protests eating anything that's prepared for him. He's extremely defiant and ignorant I feel like I'm on constant repeat "don't do that stop" and the constant bCk chat and being rude then try's to get out of trouble by saying he was joking. Urgh I coul write all day he's my little Rock and I love him to death but could strangle him half the time

    Forgot to add he was also very Nasty to animals and hurt them on purpose before e was diagnosed and medicated
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    Can really relate!! DS was like this before he was put on medication... and still is before it kicks in, and afternoons/evenings.

    This morning we had a sleep in, and I didn't give him his tablet...needless to say, he's been pretty full on. Talking and singing non-stop, making weird noises, jumping and thudding, being overly clingy. Oh the joys. But he had his tablet not too long ago, so I shall get some peace soon! It is honestly a lifesaver! Before he was diagnosed and medicated, every single day was such a huge battle. It was tiring, stressful, and I was at the end of my tether.

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    Default Tell me about your child with ADHD.

    I have struggled with ADHD all of my life. There is roughly a 50% chance that my child will have it as well as they are increasingly finding it is largely genetic.

    All I can say is that it will be difficult while your finding a successful treatment regime and at some stages over a persons life their treatment needs change.

    When it is being managed well, it is not so difficult to deal with.

    I recommend researching Russel Barkly. I believe he is the top researcher in the world on ADHD.

    I am posting a link here of one of his lectures. It's an hour long and it's only part one lol, the video quality is not very good but if you listen to it while your cooking dinner or something it's very informative. Barkly has helped me understand and come to grips with my ADHD in adulthood. He's amazing!!!

    http://youtu.be/NUQu-OPrzUc

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    Default Tell me about your child with ADHD.

    I have a BRILLIANT psychiatrist in Richmond (Melbourne). He specializes in ADHD and is the best doc I've ever been treated by for ADHD, including several I saw in the States. If anyone wants his details just PM me.

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    Default Tell me about your child with ADHD.

    Ds is also cruel to animals he has been bitten by a dog and even this did not affect his behaviour He goes through phases where i think he is over it then it starts again. it terrifies me!! I always stay close to him but he has been known to sneak off and seek out animals.... And they seem to have more appeal to him if they are locked away or tied up, so that doesn't work

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    In ds's case there is definatly a genetic link. Although never diagnosed dh has many of the same traits as ds. I'd love to know wat he was like as a child but his mother is very old school and refuses to discuss it.

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    My son is 11 and just been diagnosed in November last year with ADHD and ODD. I'm not sure what else but after the intelligence test was done we went for a counselling session with the psychologist and she was referring to children on the spectrum so I am guessing that when we see the paediatrician next month there is also another diagnosis. We are trialling Ritalin 10mg but have seen no change. Has anyone else trialled Ritalin and it didn't work? The school holidays are hard as it seems every time we leave the room there is issues. He teases his sister 8 and brother 6 until they are upset and then laughs it off like he was joking. He often reacts quickly to any little thing they do. He constantly feels hard done by and this drives me insane as I question myself and think through things to make sure. Talks alot and I try and switch off. Then I feel guilty that he may feel we ignore him. He laughs at others expense. He also has very bad anxiety which started at 9 yrs old where he becomes so worked up he is nauseous and he has a phobia of vomiting so needs me to be by his side talking him through it for sometimes 2 hours. Breathing big breaths with him. He then has separation anxiety that if I leave him at school he won't be able to cope if the anxiety starts. He is not impressed about the medication and says he must be a retard and says he is going to throw it all out. He regrets his purchases when he has money to spend so we have had to make a rule that he has to want something for a week to a month before purchasing (depending on cost of item) as he is impulsive. Is easily egged on by other kids and they know when to stop but he keeps going until its too far. At home playing with his siblings it always ends badly as he doesn't know when to stop. Can't play board games as he cracks it as he has to win all the time. But he is very loving and affectionate child. Will still hold our hand when at the shops etc and says I love you to us multiple times a day. Loves his baby sister who is 12 weeks old and is very gentle with her. Has always loved and been gentle to babies and toddlers. He is actually very protective of his siblings when out with other children. We have done distance education program for the last term as in the higher year level we found his teacher to say she cannot give him time that he needs and he annoys her as she feels he takes to much of her time away from the class. His teacher could only complain and was actually very horrible to him last year hence the removing him from school altogether. I must say he has had some awesome teachers over the years but am very concerned now that he in the higher years as the teaching method seems to be more of the old style of teacher up the front and everyone works in their own. I have been told that this is unacceptable as it is discrimination and the teachers should adjust the curriculum. He is average to high iq but needs more time on main subjects like maths and literacy with a lot of repetition as he has low working memory.

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    Default Tell me about your child with ADHD.

    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    PinkSmarties. Are those traits of "normal" kids too though? Because every word describes my DD to a T!!

    She has never been like any other child I have known but didn't think anything of it till now :-/. DD is very intelligent and I always put her behavior down to not enough stimulation?
    Depends which traits you mean :-)
    If you are referring to my first post, then yeah they can be "normal" traits for children of that age... DS does have "normal" child traits; just that he will take his to a whole new extreme... It was the level of that extreme (that just never seemed to lessen) and his poor performance at school that led me to concern... He also had/has developmental delays (speech & motor skills) too. It was a long journey to diagnosis, as at first he was "too young" for anyone to be concerned and then when he was 4, they were trying to pinpoint Aspberger's Syndrome instead. Again he has some of those traits too; but his ADHD is more prominent.

    They have also done away with ADD vs ADHD - It all falls under the heading of ADHD with the subcategories of "Inattentive", "Hyperactive/Impulsive" and "Combined Type". DS falls under the Inattentive category; which in the old days would just be ADD.

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    Lovejoypeace. We tried Ritalin and it has minimal effect on DS doesn't last near as long as it should so now he is on Concerta which is extended realese works alot better for him but omg he's still feral if I'm not in the ball n give him his tablet like literally straight out of bed before breakfast. We also tried catapress and it was horrible my bright outgoing mischievous little man became very withdrawn and depressed at times saying he wasn't part of the family an wanted to die broke my heart but he has always been brilliant with his baby sister very gentle living n caring. Even now that she's started hitting (terrible 2s) he still tolerates this n tells her no bub be nice.

    Jorja. My DS used to seek out the animals to be nasty to them not as much now he's getting older but at 2 during one of his midnight bed escapades he killed my fish and both pet rats
    At 4 he nearly killed 3 kittens by covering them in every cleaning chemical he could get his hands on after breaking the child lock off cabinet whilst I was spewing my guts up thanks to morning sickness and again at 4 he deliberately smashed the kittens head into the wall until I was bleeding out its nose ears n eyes because it scratched him. Whilst i was dealing to DD who was then newborn Thankfully cat was ok n we kept her and strangely this cat is inseparable from him.
    Elec pink I agree before diagnosis n meds it was hell a struggle to get through every day
    I love that he's gotten and continues up get the help he needs to manage his ADHD &ODD


 

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