Could it be considered ADHD if the child

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Could it be considered ADHD if the child
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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 4:53pm
is impulsive but doesn't necessarily lack focus? My friend's son gets into trouble at school because he does things impulsively but she said he can usually stay pretty focused in the classroom. She's wondering if this could be ADHD? I told her I'd see what you wonderful ladies had to say....

Thanks!

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Ann

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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 5:33pm
It depends on if it's a continuous problem and hinders her son in several areas.

People who are overly impulsive seem unable to curb their immediate reactions or think before they act. As a result they may blurt out inappropriate comments. Or they may run into the street without looking. Their impulsivity may make it hard for them to wait for things they want or to take their turn in games. They may grab a toy from another child or hit when they're upset.


To assess whether a person has ADHD, specialists consider several critical questions: Are these behaviors excessive, long-term, and pervasive? That is, do they occur more often than in other people the same age? Are they a continuous problem, not just a response to a temporary situation? Do the behaviors occur in several settings or only in one specific place like the playground or the office? The person's pattern of behavior is compared against a set of criteria and characteristics of the disorder. These criteria appear in a diagnostic reference book called the DSM (short for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).


According to the diagnostic manual, there are three patterns of behavior that indicate ADHD. People with ADHD may show several signs of being consistently inattentive. They may have a pattern of being hyperactive and impulsive. Or they may show all three types of behavior.

The behaviors must appear early in life, before age 7, and continue for at least 6 months. In children, they must be more frequent or severe than in others the same age. Above all, the behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person's life, such as school, home, work, or social settings.

If you want to read more about this here is the link.......

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/adhd.cfm#adhd3

If your friend has questions and thinks her son may be ADHD, she should take him to his pediatrician or a child psychiatrist for an evaluation.

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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 8:45pm
Yes. ADHD has 3 components ... attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. A child with ONE of these can be diagnosed as ADHD. Kevin, for instance, is impulsive, some attention problems (minimal) and is not hyper. We were surprised with the ADHD diagnosis as all kids we knew with ADHD were HYPER. But, it is very possible that a child can be ADHD with the main 'issue' being the impulsivity.

Nancy

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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 1:29pm
Thanks Kathy and Nancy! Well, I've only known her for a year now but she says he's not hyper, does well in school, but his impulsivity gets him into trouble at school as well as at home. SOOO, I'll tell her to take him in for an evaluation. She just always thought he didn't know how to behave but I thought differently after being around him. He's very sweet, wants to do well, is VERY smart, and he has a very soft heart, but he just can't control his impulsiveness sometimes. For instance, he'll be sitting at his desk and just decide to throw his pencil up into the air. Silly things, but things that when they add up they land him in the principal's office. Thanks for your responses! I'll pass them on!

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Ann