how do you know if your child has adhd

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Registered: 06-24-2003
how do you know if your child has adhd
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Tue, 06-24-2003 - 9:52pm
my almost 3 year old daughter is totally out of control.... It seems as if everything i try works for about 3 days and then she just gets worse. Now she has started hitting her 2 year old brother for no reason at all!!!! He is just walking by and she slaps him in the face or mouth!!! I can't seem to get through to her, I really need some help on this on!!!!!

thank you for responding!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 1:11am
Here's some info that may help you:

http://familydoctor.org/handouts/230.html

No matter what the diagnosis---you need to manage the behavior. Try different discipline approaches. 1-2-3 magic is suppose to work most of the time. (didn't work for us)---but it works great for my other kids!!

Good Luck!

Holly

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 9:08am
Hello- and welcome. I think out of control behavior can cover a wide range of things, so ADHD is not necessarily the culprit. Especially at 3 years old, it's hard to know. I do agree that you need to stick to a plan where consequences are given. Time out with no playing etc. as a consequence is important and can be given for a variety of issues. Has your daughter witnessed anyone else being hit? I mean in tv etc.? Sometimes kids copy etc. Either way, make sure you stick to something that gives her a consequence after a behavior..and a REWARD for good behavior. Make her a sticker chart if you need to. Buy colorful stickers (even a sticker album) and add a sticker if you notice time (EVEN short periods) where she's behaving nicely.
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Registered: 06-24-2003
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 9:44pm
yes, i tried 1-2-3 magic too, but now luck here either.
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Registered: 06-21-2003
Fri, 06-27-2003 - 1:36am
I'm going to go out on a limb here but I think you might consider early onset bipolar disorder. Manic episodes can occur in children and manifest themselves as a state of being "out of control," and nonresponsive to direction, discipline, or anything else. In fact, spanking or scolding can actually be "throwing gas on the fire." Talk to your doctor about a trial of a very small dose of Seroquel (quetiapine). Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic that also serves as a mood stabilizer, helps with impulse control, and anger. If you see a positive response with this medication, you will have some evidence of early onset bipolar disorder.

Please note that there could be any number of other reasons for your child's behavior and more information would be required to get a better understanding of what's going on.

Incidentially, the 1-2-3 Magic program is an excellent and effective behavioral modification strategy. However, for kids with ADHD or bipolar disorder, it will be most effective AFTER the children are stabilized on proper medication.

RWD