ADHD

Question
Posted by: Confused mom | 2012/05/28

Q.

Does my child really have ADHD?

I am wondering if my child really has ADHD. She as been on Ritalin when she was diagnosed, but it made her act like a zombi so I took her off it. The following year the teacher had no problems with her and this year again the teacher has problems with her. She is on concerta now, but the teacher says that there is no difference in how she acts. Her marks are very good and she knows her work in class. The only thing is that she can''t sit still and she doesn''t like to wait her turn. Also she gets bored easily if something doesn''t interest her. Does she really have ADHD or is she just hyperactive?

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear confused Mom,

If you are uncertain of your child's diagnosis, I would encourage you to get a second opinion.

Sitting still and waiting one's turn are very important behaviours to learn, more so as not to disrupt the other children in the class than for the benefit of your daughter (unfortunately). Changing her placement in class where she is likely to be less noticed by the others may help here, as well as instilling a reward system for showing the particular behaviours you - and the teacher - would like to see.

If there is no difference with the medication, the dose or type of medication may require revisiting. There is no use in her taking the current medication (at that dose) if it has no benefit.

Hyperactivity on its own, without a concentration difficulty, is unlikely.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/05/29

Dear confused Mom,

If you are uncertain of your child's diagnosis, I would encourage you to get a second opinion.

Sitting still and waiting one's turn are very important behaviours to learn, more so as not to disrupt the other children in the class than for the benefit of your daughter (unfortunately). Changing her placement in class where she is likely to be less noticed by the others may help here, as well as instilling a reward system for showing the particular behaviours you - and the teacher - would like to see.

If there is no difference with the medication, the dose or type of medication may require revisiting. There is no use in her taking the current medication (at that dose) if it has no benefit.

Hyperactivity on its own, without a concentration difficulty, is unlikely.

Kind regards,
Delia

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