ADHD

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Posted by: Worried Mom | 2008/06/16

Q.

Could she have ADD or ADHD

Hi,

My daughter of 8 years old is really super hyperactive... she fights with kids... very aggressive... but is able to concentrate at school and her academics are really good...

She wakes up at 5am... runs around like a lunatic ALL day... at 7pm... she's still hyperactive... BIG TIME...

Could she have ADD or ADHD???

It's so bad that my boyfriend, my mom and brother cannot tolerate her... PLEASE HELP...

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear worried mom,

I have to agree with 'another mom' on the possibility of your child being gifted and therefore acting out in boredom. If this the case (determined by an assessment) some enrichment work may be the answer. I wonder if you have investigated her diet as a cause? It is not necessarily a high sugar diet that provides ample energy; some children become 'hyper' due to a difficulty in digesting certain foods/compounds such as dairy or gluten. A dietician may be able to assist you in this process. I also wonder what structured activities/sports your daughter participates in? It is important not to overload children with too many activities but directing her energies constructively may also help. There are also a variety of remedies out there which can help with the hyperactivity and aggression, such as medication, neurofeedback or an excercise based programme which stimulates certain areas of the brain. I wish you all the best in this endeavour.

Kind regards.

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Posted by: Another mom | 2008/06/24

I know you posted this on another forum - I think I did reply but in case you did not see it. Living with a very active child like you describe yours is incredibly frustrating - I have one to. It can really drive you and everyone around you up the wall.

Two thoughts: Your daughter might be gifted, hence her good grades and bored, hence her irritating people around her. It may be worthwhile to have her tested.

Speak to your pead about medication for hyperactivity. It will make life much easier for all concerned. (But make sure first she is not just understimulated because of giftedness).

I have one child that is hyperactive (also battles with concentration but a higher than normal IQ) and on medication and life is a whole lot better for all of us. His younger sibling was also extremely active, but did not have concentration problems and it turns out he is gifted. He is not on meds.

Good luck

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Posted by: mom | 2008/06/23

if she is able to concentrate...maybe she needs behaviour modification therapy? i suggest you see a psychologist asap.
not only is she unhappy, but she is probably making the other kids lives hell. in turn those parents battle to get their kids to go to school, for fear of your daughter. i have 2 add kids and one of them goes to a special needs school. your daughter seems to have emotional and anger issues

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