ADHD

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Posted by: Zeta | 2011-09-12

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ADD &  fears

Are fears linked to ADD? My 8-year old daughter was diagnosed with ADD two years ago, and has been doing amazingly well on Concerta, socially, academically, emotionally. The only thing I''m worried about is her fears that sometimes get extreme. She gets hysteric when she sees the tiniest of bug, when a bee comes within 10 metres of her, etc Recently we went on a short hike in the Knysna forest and I happened to mention light-heartedly that there may still be an elephant in the forest, but that no-one sees it anymore. She immediately started crying, didn''t want to walk any further, and got into such a state that we had to turn back. I do not give her any medication over the weekends, which never seems to be a problem, as her main problem seems to be focus in class.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Zeta,

The fear you describe is likely a manifestation of anxiety, which does often co-exist with ADHD.

Did your daughter experience any form of anxiety prior to starting Concerta? It is known to exacerbate anxiety. Even though she does not take Concerta on the weekends, it is still in her system.

Please consult with your prescribing doctor about this.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011-09-13

Dear Zeta,

The fear you describe is likely a manifestation of anxiety, which does often co-exist with ADHD.

Did your daughter experience any form of anxiety prior to starting Concerta? It is known to exacerbate anxiety. Even though she does not take Concerta on the weekends, it is still in her system.

Please consult with your prescribing doctor about this.

Kind regards,
Delia

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