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Name: lucy
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My eight year old son has a lot of difficulty concentrating on just about anything. He can barely sit still long enough to eat dinner. His teachers have noticed that he has difficulty staying on task and is always running around and is quite hyperactive. Should i get him checked out for ADHD?
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Name: GRTY | Date: Jun 16th, 2005 8:15 PM
WOULDN'T HURT. EVEN IF IT'S NOT ADHD, NOT BEING ABLE TO CONCENTRATE COULD BE A SIGN OF SOMETHING ELE (I DON'T KNOW WHAT) THAT MAY NEED ATTENTION. 

Name: scott | Date: Jun 29th, 2005 6:53 PM
YES YOU SHOULD it sounds just like my child and wer getting him checked next week 

Name: jenn | Date: Jul 4th, 2005 9:02 AM
My daughter has had all the symptoms of adhd. She had almost been kicked out of school last year l was in tears over her behavior and then l took her in to be tested they put her on a medication and she had done a 4 point turn around in 3 months her teacher could not believe the change in her. l just wanted to say good luck ! 

Name: Anne Marie Russell | Date: Jul 8th, 2005 2:39 AM
My 7 year old has ADHD but was never tested. The dr we went to just knew that is what he had. We started meds and it worked for a little while but now we are on different meds. Talk to a peditician first and they will tell you what needs to be done. 

Name: Dana | Date: Jul 10th, 2005 12:50 AM
My step-son was recently diagnosed with adhd, it sounds like your situation. It doesn't hurt to get him tested, it will give you peace of mind and will help your son if need be. 

Name: sweettee | Date: Jul 13th, 2005 4:12 AM
just be very carefull with doctors diagonosis my son who is now 7 has been told he has ADHD CD ODD at one stage he was on 6 tablets a day then 1 at night to help him sleep yet he was still bouncing off the walls , kicked out of school the last straw came when he almost killed his little sister, he went to stay at a very close family friends house for 6 months they were extremely strict and had set routines by the time i got my child back he was a totally different boy he still has his days, and has the symptoms but he is down to 2 1/2 tablets a day and his behaviour is no longer dangerous to himself or others ,counciling is also a big help i think 


Name: Chan DeLancy | Date: Jul 19th, 2005 12:43 PM
hi i have adhd since i was 6 

Name: louise king | Date: Aug 5th, 2005 8:33 PM
MY SON:i have so many problems with my son son is is neally 6 he has been diagnosed with selective mutiusm (because he does not talk to adults) including his grandparents he is finding school very difficult and his behaviour at home is completly diffrent to at school he has rigid routines at home and at school at home he is like he is bouncing off the walls he does not stop he is so hypo and very violent towards others he see's no danger in anything he does and has self harmed his self his older brother really hates him he has no space at all even in his bedroom he can only write the first two letters of his name and he cannot read at all the school have not really helped they don't see it has a problem we are now waiting to get a diagnosis for his behaviour he has been like this since he was 2 years old is there any help out there at all please 

Name: saamie | Date: Aug 16th, 2005 1:35 AM
louise, your pediatrician should have sent your son for testing years ago..good luck.. 

Name: [email protected] | Date: Oct 2nd, 2005 9:55 PM
I think it would be a good idea to test your son.
I believe my son is ADHD, we have him on meds right now, and it has helped alot. We are thinking of trying to get him some group counciling for his behaviour.
Good Luck 

Name: Christine | Date: Nov 11th, 2005 7:18 PM
It is important to get your child help, but remember that a child with ADHD usually has these symptoms in all aspects of their life. Many disorders may look like ADHD and this is your child's way to cope. Has your son witnessed anything traumatic? Children show adults how they feel through their behavior. 

Name: ANGIE | Date: Dec 1st, 2005 11:28 PM
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR SON HAS TO CHECK OUT MY SON IS THE SAME ITS HARD TO DEAL WITH AT FIRST BUT YOU GET THERE TAKE ALL THE HELP THAT IS GOING GOOD LUCK 

Name: Diana | Date: Dec 7th, 2005 4:33 PM
We just had our 7-year-old son evaluated for ADHD with a psychiatrist. He had symptoms very similar to what you are describing above (except he's not hyperactive). But he can't sustain attention for very long, has a poor working memory, and seems to be a "daydreamer."
It was very helpful to get the evaluation and we are now trying to decide on whether or not to proceed with medication. I would highly recommend an evaluation from a private psychiatrist (not part of school system). Good luck! 

Name: tb | Date: Dec 8th, 2005 12:08 PM
Hi, My 8 year old sons teacher is having a real hard time getting him to concentrate in class. He doesn't disrupt the class but he is disorginized and stares off into space. She wants me to get him tested for ADD. He's been in school for 3 years and none of the other teachers had a problem. So that leads me to believe it's the teacher. Any suggestions? 

Name: monica labranche | Date: Dec 11th, 2005 10:30 PM
Hello
I have a few different adhd support groups online. And I have one in brentwood nh a chadd support group.
My son has adhd and he is 9 years old . He is in the 3rd grade and is taking strattera and it has made such a difference in our lives... I am pretty sure after researching this subject as much as I have that I may have add myself... feel free to stop by and take a look at my online support groups...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group

/CHADDofBrentwoodNH/

http://groups.yaho

o.com/group/SpecialNeedschildrenandfamilies/
 

Name: Mark | Date: Dec 17th, 2005 4:54 PM
Most defifitely! But get A LOT of testing done and by more than one trained professional--psychiatric problems can sometimes overlap. 

Name: manvi | Date: May 30th, 2006 6:53 AM
My baby is 1year and 7 months old , He rubbes his teeth in the night , when he is sleeping. What does this symptom indicate ? what is required to be checked/done so that he stops doing this. 

Name: SYmptoms of ADHD | Date: May 30th, 2006 12:13 PM
The year 2000 Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) provides criteria for diagnosing ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD.

DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD
I. Either A or B:

Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:

Inattention

Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.

Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.

Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).

Often has trouble organizing activities.

Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).

Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).

Is often easily distracted.

Is often forgetful in daily activities.

Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:

Hyperactivity

Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.

Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.

Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).

Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.

Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor".

Often talks excessively.

Impulsivity

Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.

Often has trouble waiting one's turn.

Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.

Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).

There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.

The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).

Based on these criteria, three types of ADHD are identified:

ADHD, Combined Type: if both criteria 1A and 1B are met for the past 6 months

ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if criterion 1A is met but criterion 1B is not met for the past six months

ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion 1B is met but Criterion 1A is not met for the past six months.

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000. 

Name: Tapo444 | Date: Jun 19th, 2006 6:13 AM
I dont know. 

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