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K and N TTC since Nov 2012; 2 kids; Denver City, Texas 1890 posts
24th Jul
Quoting Tegan;thee lovely lesbian:" That's me. I have it pretty severe. :? It wasn't until recently I discovered my complete LACK of sense of direction ... [snip!] ... city my whole life and for the first year or two of driving I'd get lost in my city more times than I'd like to share. :oops:"


I wonder if this is my problem... I have no directional sense what so ever.



Seriously though, I do believe ADHD is over-diagnosed, and personally I believe that every other option should be exhausted before jumping onto the medication band wagon.



Aren't ADHD pills addictive?

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
24th Jul

I think a lot of people look for solutions to their kid just being a kid. They are going to be active and a little rowdy at times but I don't think it is something that needs medicating. I don't believe kids should be on medication for it, if they legitimately have it, unless they are at least in school and it has shown to cause them problems with learning. It's totally over diagnosed and its sad. I think more alternative methods should be used before throwing them on medication. I've seen my cousin and a family friend who have had a lot of issues because of taking stimulant medicine.

Simply, Mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Upland, 11670 posts
24th Jul

I have ADHD and have been diagnosed since 5 and am now 24. Mine was very severe and I was VERY hyoeractive. However I quit meds before my DS in 2007 and never looked back. I have my moments but I am doing really well right now.



I do believe it is over diagnosed and i think ppl feel like they have to diagnose their child with something just cuz they are unruly SMH.



just curious but is opositional defiance disorder a real condition or a label parents like to use? i am genuinely curious. At my sons school there was a mom who had kids that juat flat out disobeyed her regularly and she just let them do whatever and when the school asked her not to let them run around unsupervised while she picked up her Kindergartner she was pissed and said that they dont understand her kids have ODD

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
24th Jul
Quoting Just Ames:" This is where I'm at. My Son was in a stroller until he was almost 4 because he'd bolt and act crazy ... [snip!] ... He follows a curriculum at daycare which is pretty much a Pre-K program but it's not as demanding as school will be."


Yeah DS has some extreme meltdowns. He receives home therapy for global delays and his teachers struggle to get him to concentrate for more than 30 seconds. He forgets things/regresses all the time. He's constantly yelling, screaming, making weird noises and growling - not in anger, he just thinks it's funny even though it's annoying as f**k. :lol: He'll bolt in a store the second my back is turned.



I also have hope that in pre-k he'll behave more like the other kids since it's a group setting and that a lot of his "quirks" are just silly things he'll grow out of but....we'll see.

Ronnie RadKat 3 kids; Arizona 21151 posts
status 24th Jul

My older son has been diagnosed with ADHD. It was been suggested by several teachers that he also has Asperger's as well. He has OCD (obsessive hand washing, collects crap, won't cut his finger nails). I've been told that all of these things are often comorbid. It took me several years to get the diagnosis (teachers just thought he was a brat/ misfit because he would run off or cry and wanted to suspend him). He got "exited" from 2 schools, one private another public but not our "home" school.
He went through an IEP where they diagnosed him with low IQ (77) and an emotional disability. I later took him to be reevaluated and that's when he was found to have ADHD. That was when he was 8, he's been on medicine since. He's 12 now and further testing (while medicated) revealed that he does not have a Low IQ, but rather a near genius IQ (141) and he is in all advanced classes and the gifted student program. He also doesn't have an emotional disability, he has extreme impulsiveness and immaturity caused by the ADHD.



For my son diagnosis and treatment has been life-changing, I do think drs and parents are sometimes too quick to jump on the ADHD train and that there are many kids who are diagnosed when they may not have it. I feel it should only be treated if it is causing significant difficulties for the child.



As for whether it's misdiagnosed in those that have Autism? I'm not sure. Even though I am pretty certain he has it, my son has not been diagnosed with Aspergers and his psych sees no reason he should be "branded" (her words) with that diagnosis if the adhd symptoms are the only ones that seem to be negatively affecting him. There are social aspects that he works on as well but he has been doing very well with those, he has to work harder than others to make connections with others but eventually he does and is very personable/ likable.

speaktruth2powr 2 kids; Ontario 45002 posts
24th Jul
Quoting K and N:" I wonder if this is my problem... I have no directional sense what so ever. Seriously though, I do ... [snip!] ... that every other option should be exhausted before jumping onto the medication band wagon. Aren't ADHD pills addictive?"


Some are. Many children of ADHD meds need to be put on other medication to combat the side effects of the ADHD meds.



The first group of children who were put on meds are now young adults, and they are experiencing a lot of major issues because of being over-medicated or medicated unnecessarily. Depression, chemical imbalances, suicidal thoughts, etc.



There were no longitudinal studies on drugs like Ritalin, they were just handed out en masse.

Jenny&Boopy 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7167 posts
24th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Simply, Mom (TTC #3):</b>" I have ADHD and have been diagnosed since 5 and am now 24. Mine was very severe and I was VERY hyoeractive. ... [snip!] ... around unsupervised while she picked up her Kindergartner she was pissed and said that they dont understand her kids have ODD"</blockquote>




I'm not sure how real ODD is honestly. A lot of the symptoms are mirrored with ADHD. Since my son is on meds for the ADHD, the ODD symptoms pretty much subsided. Could it be used an excuse in some cases? Probably. I didn't worry about it too much since he has much larger issues. I know there is a mom on here that has a child with severe issues and one of there diagnosis's was ODD. But I'm not sure if their problems stem from that or the other issues.

Ronnie RadKat 3 kids; Arizona 21151 posts
status 24th Jul
Quoting Just Ames:" This is where I'm at. My Son was in a stroller until he was almost 4 because he'd bolt and act crazy ... [snip!] ... He follows a curriculum at daycare which is pretty much a Pre-K program but it's not as demanding as school will be."


yep, my son did this until he began treatment. He did it when we were out in public, he did it at school. My now 2yr old walks next to the shopping cart with minimal guidance in grocery stores, something my 8yr old never was able to do. It was a definite struggle to say the least.

Just Ames 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Montego Bay, Jamaica 114793 posts
24th Jul
Quoting Supafly★TKO:" Yeah DS has some extreme meltdowns. He receives home therapy for global delays and his teachers struggle ... [snip!] ... other kids since it's a group setting and that a lot of his "quirks" are just silly things he'll grow out of but....we'll see. "

Well if he's anything like my Son (which it sounds like it) he'll do fine in Pre-K. I have noticed my Son is the polar opposite among his peers. He's reserved and very shy. He interacts just fine but he is not one of the kids the teacher is always having to get on or correct. He's a "sit and watch" type. It's really strange how he differs so much from home vs there. Anyway, I think he'll grow out of his quirks too but like I said earlier, I'm remaining cautiously optimistic.

Just Ames 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Montego Bay, Jamaica 114793 posts
24th Jul
Quoting AllAboardTheCrazyTrain!!!:" yep, my son did this until he began treatment. He did it when we were out in public, he did it at school. ... [snip!] ... minimal guidance in grocery stores, something my 8yr old never was able to do. It was a definite struggle to say the least. "

See my Son isn't the same across the board which boggles me. The only sense I can make of it is anxiety because he clams up in busy places (playgrounds, shopping mall, etc). But he is one of the better students (so I've been told) as far as raising his hand to answer questions, etc. So who knows, lol. Either way I'm just taking it day by day.

Ronnie RadKat 3 kids; Arizona 21151 posts
status 24th Jul
Quoting Just Ames:" See my Son isn't the same across the board which boggles me. The only sense I can make of it is anxiety ... [snip!] ... been told) as far as raising his hand to answer questions, etc. So who knows, lol. Either way I'm just taking it day by day."


I think that's a good stance to take. It is what I tried to do and when it came to deciding to put him on meds or not I had a horrible time with it, it wasn't something I took lightly. It took a lot of thought but I decided that ultimately being treated for it was in my son's best interest. That's not to say that it is for EVERY child, some of the symptoms can be manageable and some kids do seem to "grow out" of them or they decrease in severity over time.

Just Ames 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Montego Bay, Jamaica 114793 posts
24th Jul
Quoting AllAboardTheCrazyTrain!!!:" I think that's a good stance to take. It is what I tried to do and when it came to deciding to put him ... [snip!] ... some of the symptoms can be manageable and some kids do seem to "grow out" of them or they decrease in severity over time."

For sure. I absolutely think that's a case by case basis and it's refreshing to see parents really take the child's best interest in mind vs their own :(

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
24th Jul
Quoting Just Ames:" Well if he's anything like my Son (which it sounds like it) he'll do fine in Pre-K. I have noticed my ... [snip!] ... home vs there. Anyway, I think he'll grow out of his quirks too but like I said earlier, I'm remaining cautiously optimistic."


Okay, that gives me hope. He does behave well with other kids...he's not constantly trying to cause trouble or anything. He doesn't seem to know how to interact with kids very well - he's always screaming in their faces or trying to act like a dinosaur and it annoys them - but I can't expect too much since he's just with me and his 13 month old brother all day.

Just Ames 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Montego Bay, Jamaica 114793 posts
24th Jul
Quoting Supafly★TKO:" Okay, that gives me hope. He does behave well with other kids...he's not constantly trying to cause ... [snip!] ... like a dinosaur and it annoys them - but I can't expect too much since he's just with me and his 13 month old brother all day. "

I remember my Son going through an awkward stage like that. To where he'd do things that I'd be silently embarrassed (for him) about. I think it was just a nervous thing.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 22817 posts
status 24th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Tegan;thee lovely lesbian:</b>" What do you think about the abundance of children being diagnosed and medicated with/for ADHD? My brother ... [snip!] ... told me his youngest medicated ADHD patient is two years old. :shock: I'm just curious about everyone's thoughts on ADHD. "</blockquote>




I think it is WAY over diagnosed and medicated.
It's easier to give a healthy but difficult kid a pill than to use consistent discipline and constructive ways of teaching and molding appropriate behavior.
Additionally, schools are often forced to put the difficult kids in with the good kids. THAT isn't fair to anyone and drives parents to medicate.