ADHD

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/05/15

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ADHD or just hyperactive

Please could you explain if there is a difference between a child that is ADHD and one that is hyperactive, or are they always linked?

My daughter (3 1/2) is very hyperactive and has been since birth,she is also fairly impulsive but doesn' t necessarily seem to have concentration problems or leaning difficulties, in fact she is very bright and learns quickly but then becomes restless and bored. Her teachers just say that she is active and intelligent, but at home she doesn' t stop and it causes problems.

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Anonymous,
Some regular, well adjusted, happy children are just very busy - it's part of who they are. ADHD cannot exist without the inattention component. As a matter of interest hyperactivity is listed as a symptom of over 40 different diagnoses, not only ADHD. Embrace your child's ease of learning and provide plenty of activities in the day to tire her out. A good routine can also help to reduce her business as her body will learn that certain times of the day are 'winding down' times.
Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Stu | 2009/07/21

Hi

My wife is convinced that our 4 yr old son is ADHD. She has been since he was born (even in the womb!), which I believe influences her. He has never been a good sleeper and to this day comes through to our bed every night and sleeps with us.
These are his symptoms:
- cannot sit still except when he is watchiing a dvd
- at full speed all the time
- excited about most things
- boisterous at play (not a bully though)
- climbs all over the furniture when bored
- LOVES to do puzzles and sits until they complete (24-36pc puzzles)
- interrupts almost always
- doesn' t seem to ears at times
- very good athletically - hits a ball with a baseball bat 9 out of 10 times and is an excellent swimmer (has been swimming properly since he was 2)
- is very competitive (although I am probably guilty in not discouraging competitiveness)
- prefers an apple to a chocolate!

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Posted by: Stu | 2009/07/21

Hi

My wife is convinced that our 4 yr old son is ADHD. She has been since he was born (even in the womb!), which I believe influences her. He has never been a good sleeper and to this day comes through to our bed every night and sleeps with us.
These are his symptoms:
- cannot sit still except when he is watchiing a dvd
- at full speed all the time
- excited about most things
- boisterous at play (not a bully though)
- climbs all over the furniture when bored
- LOVES to do puzzles and sits until they complete (24-36pc puzzles)
- interrupts almost always
- doesn' t seem to ears at times
- very good athletically - hits a ball with a baseball bat 9 out of 10 times and is an excellent swimmer (has been swimming properly since he was 2)
- is very competitive (although I am probably guilty in not discouraging competitiveness)
- prefers an apple to a chocolate!

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