ADHD

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Posted by: Concerned Aunt | 2010/11/02

Q.

Could this be ADHD?

Dear Doc

My nephew is 6 years old and as far back as i can remember he has been an extremely hyperactive child. Just a few things that i have noticed over the years, he is not able to sit still always figitting, he will bully his couzins and smile when they crying (shows no remorse), he cannot stand still he jumps and bounces around, he cannot sit still and watch an animation on tv even when he is watching with the other little ones he is distracted, often he will kinda stare off in space and does not have recollection of what he was doing or whats happening (this happens in a split second) GP diagnosed this as a mild form of epilepsy? His creche principal also noticed this a few years back and advised his Mom that she must take him for an ADHD assessment. He is contstantly on the go...
Does this sound like it could possibly be ADHD? Where can this be assessed...we are in Cape Town.

Thanks in advance

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear Concerned Aunt,

Although hyperactivity can certainly be linked to ADHD, for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made there must be an impairment in concentration in a variety of settings.

If the staring off is a mild form of epilepsy, theses 'absences' can cause some confusion for the child especially if they happen a number of times a day: ultimately there may be a number of 'gaps' in a conversation or movie resulting in not being one hundred percent sure of what is going on, which may result in a type of acting out behaviour.

I would recommend having him assessed by a neurologist; your GP should be able to refer you, alternatively please contact ADHASA at www.adhasa.co.za or (011) 888 7655 for a referral.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Calpsych | 2010/11/06

The fact that he doesn''t show remorse when he hurts children isn''t common to ADHD and could indicate behavioural or social problems. Perhaps some emotional support is needed here?

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/11/02

Dear Concerned Aunt,

Although hyperactivity can certainly be linked to ADHD, for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made there must be an impairment in concentration in a variety of settings.

If the staring off is a mild form of epilepsy, theses 'absences' can cause some confusion for the child especially if they happen a number of times a day: ultimately there may be a number of 'gaps' in a conversation or movie resulting in not being one hundred percent sure of what is going on, which may result in a type of acting out behaviour.

I would recommend having him assessed by a neurologist; your GP should be able to refer you, alternatively please contact ADHASA at www.adhasa.co.za or (011) 888 7655 for a referral.

Best wishes,
Delia

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