I think my DD might have ADD/ADHD...
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|Thu, 09-10-2009 - 12:03pm|
I'm not sure I know the difference between ADD and ADHD, but let me give you some background.
My DD *just* turned 5, and just started K. Her entire life she's been a "spirited child" as we've called her. Tons of energy, strong-willed, never needed much sleep, potty trained late, etc.
I've had concerns about her behavior but she's my first child and others seemed to brush my concerns off as "kids will be kids" and "she's still young."
Her behavioral issues increased (she's not violent or anything, but very whiney, demanding, doesn't do well with transitioning, etc.) in the last year and it was attributed to boredom in daycare/Pre-K.
I used to nanny for a 6-year-old boy with ADHD and I see a lot of similarities between him and her, especially in terms of sleep patterns, lack of focus, etc.
But what really made me think about it again today is because last night my friend babysat DD and she has a bachelor's degree in ECE and used to teach K and 1st grade, and she mentioned she thinks DD has ADD. And it hurt/upset me because I feel like she very well could be right...
DH had anxiety issues as a child/teenager and I've struggled with bipolar disorder and depression (and honestly, I wonder often if I have ADD/ADHD!) and I know that it can be connected.
Where exactly would I begin if I want someone to help me determine if DD might really have a problem??