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Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Charms | 2007/06/18

Q.

desperate

My child was diagnosed as ADHD at 5 yrs. She has been to psychologists and psychiatrists who have prescribed medication for her. She has been on ritalin, strattera and now concertia. she is now 8yrs old and we have not made any progress. Infact we have gone down hill. Her behaviour is disturbing and she doesn't seem to learn from her punishments for bad behaviour. We had to put her in a individualised learning school recently, as she was not coping in a mainstream school due to her social skills, impulsivity and concentration. But she still seems to be the odd one out at her special school. She tries to test a person to their limits and recently sang a song to her grandparents about how much she hates them and me, her mother. When reprimanded by other people she tells them that she is allowed to do certain things at home and this is not true and she knows it! She lies, swears and is very sexual! She is contantly seeking attention seems to say things out of the blue just for the sake of saying something. She also draws on her bedding and carpet every now and again even though she knows she is not allowed to. I also have a 5yr old who is noticing this odd behaviour and is a lot more mature then my 8 yr old. I believe I am a good mother who is doing the best she can but I am now desperate and sometimes I feel like giving up on her. My life is constantly dominated by her behaviour and to tell you the truth nothing she does now will shock me! I feel like the experts are wrong on this one and I think she has something else other than ADHD. The drugs don't work and she goes through phases of good behaviour to completely abnormal behaviour. What do I do to find out if she was wrongly diagnosed. I have read about child bipolar and am wondering if she may have this. My brother and cousin both have a serious mental disease. Could she also? Help.
Charms

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I agree with you and strongly doubt the diagnosis of ADHD here. In addition she has shown no response to the best medicines used to treat ADHD. She could have one of the Autistic syndromes or a mental disorder such as bipolar or psychopathic disorder. She needs to be seen by a child psychiatrist.

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