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Posted by: DEBBIE | 2012-08-15

7 Year Old- ADHD

Good day,

My son was diagnosed with ADHD a year ago and is on concerta, in May he went into theater as they found he was deaf in his left ear, they drained and cleaned it, took out tonsils and adanoids, he was in theater for over an hour. Since then he has become paranoid about everything, scared of everything and will not sleep in his own bed, he becomes hysterical if we try force him, saying he has " bad dreams"  The doctor said that this might be from the Op, and that it would take a few weeks to " get over"  it, its not August and still no change. Not sure if his dad working far away has anything to do with it ( we only see him 1 night a week)?

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This does indeed sound like a bad reaction to the period in hospital, where it seems likely that parts of the experience were far more frightening for him than anyone noticed or expected at the time. Father working away isn't likely to have made this any worse.
Seeing a child psychologist or child psychiatrist could be realyl helpful ; but meantime keep calm and Talk gently about this with the boy ( you haven't mentioned how ild he is, which could be really relevant here ). Talk about what his bad dreams are about, and separately, about his experiences in hospital. Maybe get him to draw you pictures of aspects of his hospital stay, as it can be much easier for a child to express fears in pictures than in words.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012-08-16

This does indeed sound like a bad reaction to the period in hospital, where it seems likely that parts of the experience were far more frightening for him than anyone noticed or expected at the time. Father working away isn't likely to have made this any worse.
Seeing a child psychologist or child psychiatrist could be realyl helpful ; but meantime keep calm and Talk gently about this with the boy ( you haven't mentioned how ild he is, which could be really relevant here ). Talk about what his bad dreams are about, and separately, about his experiences in hospital. Maybe get him to draw you pictures of aspects of his hospital stay, as it can be much easier for a child to express fears in pictures than in words.

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