anxiety??

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Registered: 12-30-2007
anxiety??
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Fri, 06-12-2009 - 12:18pm

My son is 9, diagnosed with ADHD last year. Today the DR mentioned anxiety. He said he was NOT diagnosing it but he wondered if I had noticed anything or if I had ever thought he had it.
He said he found my ds "jumpy". I said he has always been like that. I asked what types of symptoms we should be on the look out for. But ds has nothing like that. He never worries about things.

Now of course I am worried.

If your child had anxiety, can you tell me what made you realize/ what were symptoms??

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Registered: 03-09-2009
In reply to: atinoak
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 12:33pm
I know that my DS has anxiety because he worries (verbally) about everything. He also becomes very cranky when he's anxious and will quite often get stomach aches if he's anxious about something (he has a stomach ache every morning before school). My DS also becomes upset/cranky when his routine is changed and it's from the anxiety surrounding that change. He also has specific fears, such as to all animals, especially dogs, loud noises like thunder and fire drills, a fear of vomiting, and a fear of any pain (vaccinations are a nightmare).
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Registered: 12-30-2007
In reply to: atinoak
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 1:07pm
Thanks for sharing.
My son has nothing like that. I have been giving it a lot of thought. He cracks his knuckles and sometimes looks nervous (jumpy). He grips his pencil tight and does get tense with writing skills but this is due to proprioceptive issues according to his OT.
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Registered: 03-09-2009
In reply to: atinoak
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 1:25pm
Yeah, my DS bites his nails, picks at sores, and fidgets like mad but that's not part of his anxiety, it's the ADHD. Talk to your DS. While anxiety can hide and be subtle, it will come out verbally if you look for it. Ask him how school is, what's going on with his friends, and you can even ask him if he ever worries about stuff.
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Registered: 12-30-2007
In reply to: atinoak
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 1:35pm
I agree it's the ADHD, yes he bites his nails too. I have talked to him. I see nothing to hint at anxiety.
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Registered: 03-09-2009
In reply to: atinoak
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 2:50pm

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Well, that's great news. Anxiety sucks!

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Registered: 10-01-2007
In reply to: atinoak
Sun, 06-14-2009 - 9:24am
My son was diagnosed at 81/2 with ADHD and anxiety disorder. He complained of stomach aches constantly. He also did not want to go to school. He was very clingy with me as well. We medicated him with Zoloft 1st and it worked wonders. Then later we started the stim route. He is now almost 11 and on Concerta 36. He is doing well but I don't know if he has enough focus during school hours(teacher will not talk to me). We are leaving the dose the same for summer and will address again when school starts next year.
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Registered: 06-16-2009
In reply to: atinoak
Tue, 06-16-2009 - 9:02pm

Anxiety has many faces, it is hard to determine but I can tell you what our symptoms are so you can watch for signs.

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Registered: 03-03-2004
In reply to: atinoak
Wed, 07-15-2009 - 11:27am

Hi.

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Registered: 10-27-2006
In reply to: atinoak
Sat, 08-08-2009 - 12:25am

Hi everyone,


I'm new here, but my son was dx ADHD the summer before first grade. He was on Concerta but we've switched him to Vyvanse.


I have noticed an increase in anxiety over the past two years (he's entering 3rd grade this fall). At first, I chalked it up to him being a worrywart, but now other people are commenting on it and we have to seriously structure our day around not giving him reason for anxiety.


For instance, he checks the clock all day long and will announce what time it is. If I mention we're going to somewhere, he'll stalk the clock and ask me how many hours until we leave. If we don't leave exactly when I say we're going to, he gets very worked up and I have to launch into meltdown-avoidance mode. For this reason, I rarely ever mention us going anywhere or a specific time, but he still watches the clock.


He also anticipates bad things happening. He'll start out a story about his friends coming over to play and somehow wind up with someone getting in trouble. Mind you, it's all him speculating what might happen. I often have to reassure him over and over again that things will be fine and that he's not in trouble (for some future action).


Does this sound like standard ADHD or do you think I should ask his docs about anxiety? We have a well check in a week. I feel like he's responding really well to his medication, but the anxiety seems to be snowballing.

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