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add/adhd Irish Mammy*J,R&A* 19 kids; London, United Kingdom 6065 posts
10th Sep '12

If your child has either ADD/ADHD how old were they when they were diagnosed? What led you believe they had it?

Sarah & JT 2 kids; Bellevue, NE, United States 2563 posts
10th Sep '12

My kids are still young but I was diagnosed when I was 7. My parents weren't even taking me to the doctor for that haha. I would run myself til I would hyperventilate. The doctor referred me to a psychiatrist and handed me a paper bag to breathe into. My parents didn't treat me with meds though. I didn't start taking them til I was in college and it made a huge difference in my grades at school

Nighthawk 2 kids; Hinesville, Georgia 242 posts
10th Sep '12

My daughter was 3 going on 4 when she was pre-diagnosed with mild ADHD. ADD runs in my family though and ADHD runs in her father's family. The actual diagnosis here in the states can't be made til after Kindergarten. My DD is unable to sit still for very long, constantly jumping/bouncing around, she loves doing more than one thing at a time, you can tell her to do something and she'll just stare at you bc it didn't register in her brain. There's sometimes I have to tell her 3 times before it clicks on what I said.

Irish Mammy*J,R&A* 19 kids; London, United Kingdom 6065 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting Nighthawk:" My daughter was 3 going on 4 when she was pre-diagnosed with mild ADHD. ADD runs in my family though ... [snip!] ... stare at you bc it didn't register in her brain. There's sometimes I have to tell her 3 times before it clicks on what I said."


My sons 3 next month and I dont know if his behaviour is just toddler behaviour or more then that. My dads just says 'oh rys just more work thats all' but I dunno. Like you I can tell him to do something so many times and he will just stare at me with this blank stare as if I just spoke another language. When he does go to do whatever it is he will get distracted very easily, I have to remind him a lot to do what ive asked. Hes very hmm active I suppose runs around a lot but then he will sit and watch certain shows the whole way through(30 mins max)

Nighthawk 2 kids; Hinesville, Georgia 242 posts
10th Sep '12

When it comes to watching shows on tv my daughter will sit there watching tv however will be doing something with her hands at the same time. For example, she'll have a ball that she's tossing back and forth between hands. And then there's always the fun part of sitting down and talking with her then mid sentences she's oooo shiny thing and off she goes. It's alot of redirecting and thankfully she has an awesome kindergarten teacher that understands that.

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
10th Sep '12

She was officially diagnosed in 1st grade. I knew for awhile before that though. I also have it and know the signs. She had problems sitting still, staying on task, participating in group discussions, stuff like that.

Irish Mammy*J,R&A* 19 kids; London, United Kingdom 6065 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting Nighthawk:" When it comes to watching shows on tv my daughter will sit there watching tv however will be doing something ... [snip!] ... thing and off she goes. It's alot of redirecting and thankfully she has an awesome kindergarten teacher that understands that."


sounds a lot like my son, if we are laying down watching tv he will repeatedly fix the blanket and wriggle under it even though it was perfect in the first place.

Irish Mammy*J,R&A* 19 kids; London, United Kingdom 6065 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting 3 little monsters:" She was officially diagnosed in 1st grade. I knew for awhile before that though. I also have it and know ... [snip!] ... it and know the signs. She had problems sitting still, staying on task, participating in group discussions, stuff like that."


What for you are the tell tale signs?

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
10th Sep '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Irish Mammy*J,R&A*:</b>" What for you are the tell tale signs?"</blockquote>



What I listed above. Low attention span, constant activity, just a need to always be moving. She also was very impulsive and tended to be destructive when bored.

Irish Mammy*J,R&A* 19 kids; London, United Kingdom 6065 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting 3 little monsters:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Irish Mammy*J,R&A*:</b>" What for you are the tell tale signs?"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... span, constant activity, just a need to always be moving. She also was very impulsive and tended to be destructive when bored."


Thats just like my son but whenever I mention it to family theyre always like 'oh its just the age' but I dont remember by 5 year old being like this

nikki0708 3 kids; Orting, Washington 176 posts
20th Sep '12

My 6 year old was Pre diagnosed at 4 and now at 6 is getting ready to start treatment after repeating kindergarten. She cannot sit still even eating dinner I tell her 4-5 times every 8 mins to sit in her chair, if she's cleaning her room I have to sit in there and keep her on track she is very in your face and impulsive and when you sit her down to do homework or a very "boring" activity her mind is racing so fast you can't get her to focus long enough to learn anything! She also stares like your speaking another language to her and when she is watching a movie her eyes ate focused on it but her body is constantly moving(flips cartwheels messing with things) and yes when she is bored very destructive

.::.Mama Bunnie.::. 18 kids; Logan, West Virginia 576 posts
20th Sep '12

my son is 6 now. he was diagnosed at 4 years old when he started pre-k, but i knew he had it at 1.5-2. he would never nap and even after getting up at 9am and playing so hard he would still be awake at 2am. it would be sooo obvious that he was tired, but he wouldn't give up. he'd never look at you for more than 2 seconds when you're talking to him and if you so much as stopped to take a breath he was off doing something else before you even knew he was gone.

Irish Mammy*J,R&A* 19 kids; London, United Kingdom 6065 posts
20th Sep '12

When did you all start to suspect your LO might have ADD/ADHD?

nikki0708 3 kids; Orting, Washington 176 posts
21st Sep '12

I suspected my daughter had it at around 2.5-3

Just April Due October 5; 3 kids; Kentucky 506 posts
26th Sep '12

My son was in Kindergarten when his teacher first approached me about it. He was my first child and I thought he was just a rambunctious boy. I had no idea that the doc would diagnose him with ADHD.