Girls with ADD

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Registered: 03-04-2009
Girls with ADD
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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 10:44am

For those of you with girls with ADD/ADHD, how long until you had an inkling there was something "wrong"? How abotu getting a diagnosis? Did you look at any online checklists specifically for girls?


My "question" is that I am wondering if my DD might have ADD. DS has ADHD and was diagnosed at 3 1/2. That was a complete no-brainer. If you didn't need a medical degree, I could've diagnosed him. I know girls are a little harder to diagnose. DD just turned 5 and there are days when I wonder if she is just being FIVE or if she possibly has ADD too. She isn't "hyper" like DS is, but she seems fidgety and I feel like I am constantly telling things over and over again. She seems to be in her own little world... which is fine... TO A POINT! She is very imaginative and loves to play by herself... very creatively, I might add. So I have always thought her being in her own world was just HER b/c of how she plays. She is still only in preschool (full day) and I have considered talking to her teacher about this. She has a background with "special needs" kids and this is the third year I have had her for one or the other kid. She talks a lot but so did I when I was her age. DS talks a lot too... that's a frequent "fight" in our house... "I was talking first!" AAAHHH!!!


Anyway, could use some insight on the female gender and this disorder.


Thanks!!


jenn

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 11:38am
The Cl has a girl, so I'd expect she'll be on--but, "Girls with ADD" is generally ADHD-Inattentive only. Pretty much what my boy has--the hyper symptoms aren't more than fidgiting, and really didn't stand out in a crowd until much later. Well, we diagnosed around the end of 1st grade. Though we had the whole IEP in place for fine motor skills & other issues before that. The world-of-their-own thing wasn't really a problem until 1st grade, when suddenly it was a BIG problem. Talking to someone never hurts--but it is hard, hard, hard to distinguish between ADHD & not at that age for that kind of symptom--or at least I found it so! 5 yrs old...I think at that age, one of the distinguishing features was most kids could follow a 3 step command, and mine couldn't.
Megan
Megan
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Registered: 11-10-2003
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 12:02pm
I have a 9 year old boy with diagnosed ADHD combined. I have a 5 year old girl not diagnosed but I'm sure she has ADHD. She is very active and constantly talking, "chatty kathy" type. She has trouble sitting still at school or at the dinner table for example. Her symptoms are just not as "severe" as DS's. She doesn't get into trouble as much as my son did at that age. We are not planning diagnosis or treatment at this time. She is in a Pre-K program this year and going to Kindergarten next year.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 12:12pm

HI,


DD was diagnosed at 7, but I knew at about 5 that there was something going on. She is not hyper, she has ADHD/Innattentive, but would "space out", had trouble concentrating etc.


It is

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

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Registered: 03-04-2009
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 1:39pm

Appreciate all the input i have received so far. I don't think we will do anything at this point with DD. It would jsut be nice to "know" so that I know how to manage her better. Not that she is unruly (too much) or gets in trouble like DS did/does. Maybe start her on the Omega-3 regimenn like DS. ??


thanks

jenn

jenn

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 3:42pm
I was just reading an study about girls and ADHD which said that 59% of girls with ADHD have combined type. The article went on to pose a possible reason as to why ADHD is not detected as easily in girls."The lower rates of disruptive behavior problems, along with the preponderance of inattentive symptoms relative to hyperactive/ impulsive symptoms, may partially explain why ADHD/ADD in girls may often not be recognized."