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Name: Chrissy
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His peditrician has told me that he probably does have adhd but without the proper testing he really cant tell yet. His father, my exhusband was on Ritalin when he was younger, I really dont want to put my son on any medicine, if he doesn't have to be. Does anyone else out there have a child under 5 with the diagnosis of adhd and how did the doctor determine it.
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Name: Evette | Date: Dec 1st, 2005 11:27 PM
Well I am not going to be much help.But my son was offically diagnosed with ADHD yesterday and he is 4.The doctor was too quick to write me some prescriptions.One for Concerta and one for some other stuff I cant think of the name right now.But I have decided my son is not getting the other one anyway.
Some of the side effects even though they may be rare are irreversible on that med.So he isnt getting that.
So like I said I am not much help.But I wanted to tell you my experience.
The psycgartrist just had me look at a paper with some symptoms on it and asked me to check off what my son has.
Earlier he had a therapist who did the same thing.
So they determined it by what I said.
I think they were a little TOO quick.So I am doing my own research.
Good Luck to you!
Evette 

Name: ann | Date: Dec 6th, 2005 2:16 PM
my little girl is 5 and has been diagnosised with adhd tis last year , we have always know she is fast but now the other problems are starting and becomming severe fast. No focus in kindergarten. She has been on multiple medicines and none are working 

Name: charmaine | Date: Dec 8th, 2005 3:32 PM
im sorry to hear this i am 17 and i thimk i may have adhd i dont no how to find out though it driving me mad 

Name: Brenda | Date: Dec 22nd, 2005 12:36 PM
My son is now 17 but was diagnosed with adhd very early around 5 years old. Be very careful with this, my son ended up on a cocktail of drugs that never helped and health care officials still do not know if he is adhd or tbi or odd. There are more tests available today and I urge you to avail yourself of as many as possible. Dr. Phil should have links on his website that may help. I dont know where you are located but he works with a doctor out of Texas that explains the medical testing needed to acurately diagnose adhd. I hope this helps. Again I stress be very careful! Medication can work if it is needed but I have found that to be a very big IF. Ill post back if i get more info 

Name: jessica | Date: Jan 15th, 2006 6:19 AM
hi how are you today 

Name: Wendy | Date: Jan 28th, 2006 4:06 PM
My son was diagnosed with ADHD by a specialist when he was 4 yrs old and they recommended Ritalin. I did a ton of research and I found the most help at Feingold.org. They are a non profit organization and you pay a yearly subscription well worth the money. You have shopping lists,recipes,medication and a network of families who are going through the same as you. My son will be graduating this year, he has made honors his whole school career, captain of his football team and numerous accomplishments. The Feingold program isn't easy but the rewards far outweigh the work and keeps your child off the medication that can cause so many side effects and don't cure the problem just help the symptoms. Rather like putting a large band aid on a dam. Hope this helps, my family is living proof that you don't have to turn your child into a pill popping zombie. 


Name: Kim | Date: Jan 30th, 2006 10:40 AM
Yes, Chrissy. My daughter was actually diagnosed at 26 months with ADHD. I adopted her at birth. In her case, her biological mother abused serious drugs and alcohol thru the pregnancy, so she has some sensory issues also. When she was diagnosed by a Developmental Pediatric specialist at such a young age, I refused the idea of medication, and have gone with addressing and modifying behavior. Our area has an Early Intervention county office that helps children under school age that may have some developmental difficulties. In order to try to help the child prepare for school, they set up a special education teacher or occupational therapist to come to your home, or even placement in a day program with special educators to help your child. My daughter is now 39 months. She has come a long way from where we started. I am not saying she is cured by any stretch, but we now have some structure in place and certain ways we have been taught to address her behaviors. Don't get me wrong. She still has her characteristics of ADHD that are truly frustrating at times. I actually found this room after posting on Stay at Home Moms.... see the Mischievous Toddler posting in that room... it will show you things she is still doing, and also show that maybe I need some help now lol... I would say that if you do not have an Early Intervention program in your area, you should have your pediatrician refer him to a developmental specialist. Your school district will work with you on preschool options that have special ed rooms to help with this problem and prepare them to enter the school district. I hope this is of some help. Let me know. 

Name: RENEE | Date: Feb 17th, 2006 5:07 AM
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY 4 YEAR OLD IS JUST ACTING OUT OR MAY ACTUALLY HAV ADHD 

Name: bz | Date: Feb 17th, 2006 5:44 AM
good vitamins will surely help Ive seen it happen screw making you doc rich with the meds 

Name: A Rivera | Date: Feb 23rd, 2006 12:48 AM
My son is 9 and has been on concerta for 3+ years. We saw improvement early on, but because of his age and size, the doctor kept uping his medication until now he's on 54mg. And now, he has shown significant side affects(panic & anxiety) which are affecting him considerably. If I had to do it again, I would have never put him on any medication for ADHD and would have instructed him at home 

Name: kirsty | Date: Feb 24th, 2006 3:55 PM
i was put on ritalin at the age of 4 i am 15 now and i have been on strattera a year strattera iis alot better u do not have any side affects and u only have to tak eit on a morning x 

Name: steph | Date: Mar 5th, 2006 4:41 AM
i also have a 4 yr old son whom i think has adhd-and im having trouble getting him diagnosed. his last doctor kept saying hes too young to test him for it and all kids are active. I told him-yeah. but not that active..hes out of control... i hope you can diagnose your son and find a suitable solution! i dont want to put my son on drugs for it either if i dont have to. 

Name: james | Date: Mar 8th, 2006 9:24 AM
hello 

Name: StayAtHomeDad | Date: Mar 20th, 2006 3:44 AM
Me and my wife are at our wits end with our sone he's 4 years and 3 months and he's out of control. You'll lose him 4 or 5 times while trying to tell him anything, an 8 to 10 word sentence and you'll lose him everytime. We've tried everything, turning of the T.V. (or anything distracting). And behavior wise, he will argue EVERYTHING and when he finally doesn't get his way (which he doesn't, If the answer started "NO" it stays "NO") he throughs a SCREAMING fit at tho top of his lungs and if you don't send him to his room and ignore him he will start to hit things. He has been this way for at least a year and we have tried everything we can think of, and nothing changes anything.
We're going to take him to the doctor in a few days and get him evaluated. All I can say about that is, If there's a miracle pill that will help at least a little bit then PLEASE give it to him. I love my son more than anything on this earth and I worry about him every second. PS I had ADHD when I was a kid. 

Name: Tammy | Date: Mar 22nd, 2006 5:54 AM
My daughter is 9 years old. We took her to a developmental pediatrician, a psychologist, school counsellors and a psychiatrist. Each without knowing we had consulted others diagnosed her with ADHD. The first thing you want to do is get multiple opionions. If they are all the same you likely have a child with ADHD. We also made the difficult choice of permitting the Dr. to prescribe medicine. I worry daily about the long term effects but I can tell you she is a much happier child. She herself looked at me one day and said "Thank you Mommy, I needed help!" You can't stop parenting and using all the skills and resources to assist you in raising your child but the Ritalin may allow you to actually reach your child and your child can reach back. 

Name: trisha | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 11:32 PM
my grandson whom i have legal guardian over is now 5 I have been going to a pshc for over a year and finally they say he has underlying ADHD. It was hard b/c i didn't want meds either. but they put him on remeron at night and it was remarkably a difference in his behavior. I give it to him at 6:00 and by 8:30 he is asleep and wakes up so much better. yes he still has his tantrums but not so many now . although I can't say what's down the road b/c he has only been on it for 3 weeks. yes 3 weeks and a big big difference. I went through a lot of different emotions and him not being still with behavior problems. Yet no one could say what it really was til now. School would say that he was a 5 year old. But finally one listened at a counseling office and started to watch him and observe him and now he started to take remeron. I know they say it is a depressant and will make them sleep and yes it does but the result is that he can focus and finish tasks that is assigned to him. and I don't have to constantly yell and get frustrated with him that I just went through that and he needs to listen and be still just a sec. I hope this helps 

Name: michelle | Date: Apr 6th, 2006 2:07 AM
My son had alot of trouble controlling his emotions and over time had escalated to aggressiveness,anger and being violent at school, I presumed adhd and had tried alternative medicines,diet ,behavioural management,rewards,naturopaths,phsycologists and it all seemed to help only for the short term.After I got a phone call from school saying he destroyed the classroom and hit a little boy while throwing a chair(all because he didn't want to do his work).I was reccommended by a friend to see a clinic where a friends son whom was diagnosed add went(and found out he didn't have add)They did a phsycological assessment,educational assessment,initial consultation,brain scan and if needed a medication response test.My son did all this and was clearly diagnosed with mild adhd and responded to ritalin.He's been on it now for 3 weeks ,no side effects seen(good appetite,sound sleep)He still whinges a fair bit but the anger and violence seem to have gone.He says he can do his work better now and he seems to be getting his self asteem back slowly.I will be going back in 6 months time for a review. 

Name: gemma | Date: Apr 17th, 2006 9:07 PM
hey 

Name: diego | Date: Apr 18th, 2006 12:08 AM
plese 

Name: jennifer | Date: Jun 15th, 2006 4:21 AM
today my doctor perscribed ritalin to my 4 year old son. i have heard horror stories, and i'm so scared to put him on it. help! i need advice! he has problems listening when he tought something and he bounces off the walls. hes more hyper than another kid i know. and hes hard to take out in public, or play with because he gets so excited he starts hurting me. please i hope someone relates! 

Name: Jennifer | Date: Jun 15th, 2006 4:36 AM
stayathomedad, my son is 4 years old and is the exact same way, please keep me posted about what your doctor says. 

Name: bigmomma6702 | Date: Jun 15th, 2006 4:44 AM
[Jennifer 

Name: bigmomma6702 | Date: Jun 16th, 2006 1:45 AM
i'm Jennifer by the way.... i tryed my 4 yr old on ridalin today. a half of pill after breakfast, and i saw no change. i gave him a full pill at lunch and he got calm, but his personality disapeared also. i took him to the park and i notice he wasn't playing with the other kids like he usally does, but he was playing in the sand quietly, and focused on only that. when i put him in the car i face my rear view mirror at him and made faces at him, usually he laughs, but this time he stared at me like i was an alien. i brought him home and he continued to do things out of character. then about 4 o clock the ridalin started to ware off, and he got 10 x more hyper than he originally was to begin with his eyes were glazed over, and he played with his tongue, (like meth addicts do) like a lizard. i think his mouth was dry. lets just say, today was enough for me to realize, yes, he is adhd, but no, i don't want my child to walk around like hes drugged. i hope my experience helps some of you out. 

Name: Mary Brown | Date: Jul 1st, 2006 1:01 PM
After much prayer and anguish over my son's behavior over the past 9 years, my husband and I finally got him diagnosed for ADHD and placed on a low dosage of Concerta Medication. It has been a god-send and a miracle, the total change and difference in his behavior (especially memory and focusing) has been like like night and day... Almost like some one flipped the switch in his head. He has gone from not being able to focus, remember his books, school-work, etc. to getting an award for the most improved 4th grader in his school this year and getting promoted to the 5th grade (which 6mos ago we were told would not happen)... His self-esteem has soared now that he realizes that he wasn't dumb but that he just needed some help with his focusing ability which the medication has definitely done... It's almost like I have a new child, I thank God daily for this medication I only wished we had done it sooner..... 

Name: MARY | Date: Jul 1st, 2006 2:02 PM
As a follow-up to my previous comments.... I know that there has been a lot of flack and negative feed-back out there about the different drugs that are used to control ADHD and ADD. But until you have been the parent of a ADHD or ADD child and have watched that child struggle just to get thru the day every day ( for 9 years) you have no idea what a significant role these drugs can play in the life of a ADD/ADHD child. My child was in a private school with an after-school tutor and still struggled with focusing and self-control until he was placed on medication. Due to the negative feed-back that he was constantly getting from his us , his teachers his peers regarding his behavior he was starting to exhibit signs of depression and had extremely low self-esteem which only intensified the condition. Imagine having your child ask you why doesn't his brain work like other kids and seeing his utter frustration at not being able to remember something that was said to him 10 minutes ago. I'm not on some huge crusade for Concerta, but I can say that out of sheer desperation for our child and to maintain our sanity we gave it a try and it worked for him and it has changed his life 100%, he feels better about himself, has more self-confidence and self-control, is much more sociable and is doing sooo much better in school. It's like he's now the child that he always wanted to be and we knew he could be..... ADD/ADHD kids are not crazy, dumb or stupid, they just need help with focusing and impulse control and these drugs in certain instances do help them to thrive and lead a much more productive and happier life ...... which is what life is all about any way isn't it?.... We also have a 5 year old son who is now showing the same symptoms of ADHD ( with more hyperactivy). Of course we are not going to automatically place him on Concerta without extensive testing, but this time we will definitely be much more proactive and take the steps necessary to help him get the help that he needs a lot sooner..... As a parent of an ADHD child who has been there and done that, the best thing I can say is follow your gut instinct as a parent regarding your child. Over the years when we questioned the teachers about my child's behavior and low grades no one ever addressed the issue of possible ADD. This was the first year that a teacher actually said that she felt that there was a problem and suggested that he be tested. Even his pediatrician did not feel that it was an issue. Like I said earlier out of sheer desperation, we changed pediatricians, found a doctor that was much more sensitive to what was going on with our child, got him tested, diagnosed and treated. So to make a long story short, our child was diagnosed at least 3-4 years later than he should have and now he's having to get remedial instruction for the areas of education that he did not comprehend due to the ADD prior to medication.... As I said before "Follow your gut instincts"...... 

Name: ms toy | Date: Jul 3rd, 2006 2:04 PM
my son is now 13 he was diagnosed at 3 stil not on any meds and it does get better the doctors really dont have any thing to go on but behavior and that not enough for me stay in prayer it always helps 

Name: gail | Date: Jul 23rd, 2006 5:55 PM
my five year old son has recently been diagnosed with adhd and asbergers the school has said he has got attention problems and learning difficulties but he is just naughty and isnt bothered by other peoples feelings as anyone got any ideas 

Name: norah | Date: Aug 12th, 2006 4:51 AM
My son is about to turn 4 with the same problems. We have a lot of ADHD diagnoses in our family and the kids were put on lots of medications. It was all handled very badly and now that they are older, they are a wreck. We have decided not to have our son tested or anything as of yet. Just have to deal with his craziness (and ours) because we don't want to make the same mistakes. We let him be wild, but we try to discipline the screaming and argumentative behavior. He goes nonstop and his tantrums are getting worse, so we are researching what do do without meds. We have had a lot of medical problems in our family and have found out that researching things yourself can go a long way to help your family, so it's worth the effort. 

Name: Terry | Date: Aug 25th, 2006 8:38 PM
My son was diagnosised with ADHD and I was really not wanting to put him medication but it was to the point that he was not able to sit for anything but he was a happy kid. The problem I have is I started him on Adderall and this made him angry and it is making me stressed and I want to have a help but the doctors are willing to work with me but how can there be something to stop the hyperactivity and impulsation and still have a happy kid because our family life is hard dealing with this. 

Name: dantenh | Date: Aug 25th, 2006 10:59 PM
through my own research I have self diagnosed my 4 year old with adhd and odd. I took her to her family doctor tuesday and told him my fears and he pulled out his script pad and wrote us a script for dexedrine. It worked day one, not day twoa nd yes day three. but only for a few hours in themorning (2.5 mg once daily in the morning) and i got to wondering what else we could do for her. so i called our local county mental health organization and they refuse to help me. they said they felt she was to young to understand therapy. what a crock! She tried to crawl out of my van window during a tantrum yesterday. What am i suppose to do now! even mental health won't help. our doctor said we would just try different meds until we found one that worked. 

Name: Terry | Date: Aug 26th, 2006 2:19 AM
My son was diganosis and I am trying to figure out what is best for him because I do like the meds. Has anyone ever used Focus or Bright Spark because I looked it up and it is a Natural ADHD remedy and I want to try it but I need to know about it first.Help!!!!!!!! 

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