ADHD

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Posted by: Tanya | 2011/10/21

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ADD and Behavioural

Hi, My son is 7yrs old, he is in grade 1, was told that he was not concentrating in class. i went to the ADD lab, where they found my son was having atypical seizures at the back of his head, and that he was not ADD. when I went to a Neurologist, they did an 18hour EEG found no seizures, did Brain MRI, found nothing. final diagnosis, ADD with behavioural problems. they put him on daily 18mg Concerta. he has been on this a week. teacher called me, he is disrespectful, stubborn, and adamant that he wont work in class. this behaviour is unacceptable. I have no idea what to do with him. Neurologist says he needs a psychiatrist for his meds, but they are fully booked for 2011. i am at my wits end with him, our family structure is very functional, we are all supportive, and there have been no stressful situations. he also was put on Vit D supplements, and EPA oils etc. What can I do with him? I too just want to cry.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Tanya,

I am not sure from your post if the poor nehaviour has always been there or if it is only since starting Concerta.

If since being on Concerta, Concerta may not be the right medication for him. In which case speaking with the prescribing physician would be more beneficial than consulting a psychiatrist.

If the behaviour has always been there: Behavioural difficulties that seem to stem from nowhere can sometimes be the result of something going on emotionally. With everything classified as 'ok' from the neurology side, something may be bothering him emotionally such as a bully, or feeling inadequate if he is not able to keep up with the class. If this is the case, play therapy may be helpful.

A psychiatrist is a likely point if the behaviour is due to chemicals being out of sync in his brain.

I would suggest determining whether the cause of his beahviour isemotional, chemical or allergy related and then take it from there.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: Chantel | 2011/11/18

Hi, My son is also 7 and in Grade 1.
I had the same problem beginning of the year.

I also took my son to a neuroligist.
He went for neuro feedback twice a week and has been put on all natural medication.

He started working in class, concentrating more and became my sweet child again.

You could maybe call the Dr.
He is at the Kip MC Grath Education Centre in Boksburg.
Dr. Meyer 011 917 1230 option 2

Hope this works

Reply to Chantel
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/10/25

Dear Tanya,

I am not sure from your post if the poor nehaviour has always been there or if it is only since starting Concerta.

If since being on Concerta, Concerta may not be the right medication for him. In which case speaking with the prescribing physician would be more beneficial than consulting a psychiatrist.

If the behaviour has always been there: Behavioural difficulties that seem to stem from nowhere can sometimes be the result of something going on emotionally. With everything classified as 'ok' from the neurology side, something may be bothering him emotionally such as a bully, or feeling inadequate if he is not able to keep up with the class. If this is the case, play therapy may be helpful.

A psychiatrist is a likely point if the behaviour is due to chemicals being out of sync in his brain.

I would suggest determining whether the cause of his beahviour isemotional, chemical or allergy related and then take it from there.

Kind regards,
Delia

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