ADHD 3 year old???

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ADHD 3 year old???
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Tue, 08-04-2009 - 5:21pm
My son Taylor is 3 years old and is extremely hyper and non compliant, can be mean etc. So we have talked to the doctor and he is going to be evaluated at Arkansas Children's Hospital. I am sure he has it since I had ADHD as a child and did better on medication for it in college. But my question is, if anyone has any experience, how do they test for it, especially at that age and does anyone have any experience??
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Tue, 08-04-2009 - 6:39pm

HI and welcome!


Testing at that age can be tricky, and the rate of Misdiagnosos in kids under 7 is very high, there is just such a very wide range of "normal" in toddlers, and preschoolers.. To get an accurate diagnosis

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 6:58pm

I would agree with the CL that just posted.

Denise

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Tue, 08-04-2009 - 8:43pm
Taylor has had an EEG numerous times, he has had a head ultrasound, CT scan, MRI/MRA, spinal tap etc etc. He had a grade four brain bleed in his right occipital lobe when he was born and had seizures and the bleed was 3/4 of the right occipital lobe at birth and at 6 weeks it had shrunk down to a clot of 1/4 of the right occipital lobe. He does have slower left brain waves because part of his brain is dead. We don't give him any coke, tea, hardly any extra sugar that isn't naturally in food. He is just off the wall hyper and the neurologist said he would probably have behavioral issues and what not due to the bleed.
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Wed, 08-05-2009 - 12:04pm

I am glad you are seeking help. A lot of people wait until elementary school, believing nothing can be done and that's just not the case. We started getting help for our son at age three when he was showing extreme behavior at home and at preschool. Kaiser had us meet with a child psychologist first (filled out lots of forms, met with the doctor for advice) and when his advice didn't help, we moved on to a behavioral therapist (required first a formal screening process with paperwork and a meeting with their psychiatry dept. screeners). We mostly got suggestions on how to deal with the aggressive, hyper and defiant behavior. Our son was at these meetings so the therapist could observe him. When that didn't solve the problems, our son was kicked out of preschool and then we were able to meet with a child psychiatrist. All of this at age three.

Our son was a danger to others (physically hurt us, teachers and children), so they put him on a mild non-ADHD medication called Tenex. That didn't do anything, so we tried another medication not for ADHD and that also didn't help. They really wanted to try the safest options first, given his age, but they proved to be a waste of time. When he was four, they felt more comfortable trying ADHD medications and that's when we saw results immediately. The Ritalin family of medications has proven to be life changing. We still didn't get a diagnosis of ADHD -- just word that our son had "strong indicators" of it (yeah, like a neon sign!). At five, he was finally diagnosed with what we long knew was ADHD. He's currently on Concerta and does great when the medication is in his system.

You can get help at age three and be persistent about getting it. Some may try to close doors on you at that age, but be your child's health advocate and do what you need to do to keep the ball rolling with the medical professionals.

Good luck!
Michelle

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Wed, 08-05-2009 - 5:32pm
Oh - I am so sorry to hear all this

Denise

Denise

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Thu, 08-06-2009 - 10:18am

Michelle is right. You have to be your son's own advocate. I started noticing a beahvioral change in my son around 18 months old. I just chalked it up to the fact that my daughter was just born and we had recently moved, too. His reaction(s) to all those changes turned out to be part of his adhd...even at that young of an age. He has never been able to handle change....but he's getting a lot better...if we tell him the plan etc... but that's off-subject...


Like Michelle, our ds was having problems in in-home daycare and then in pre-school. It was so bad that at one point one of his in-home sitters.... she lasted less than a week with him...And I was tired of constantly having bad reports from pre-school and daycare. His first pre-school teacher recommended we have him evaluated. I understand that pre-schoolers can all be "hyper" but this teacher is/was very experienced and I believed that she knew the difference between normal hyper and ADHD hyper.


We took him to a psychiatrist that our pediatrician recommended.... Well we only were able to see the nurse practioner.... but that's a whole other story... Anyway, at 3 1/2 he was diagnosed with ADHD. The

jenn