New, just wanted to introduce myself

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Registered: 04-15-2003
New, just wanted to introduce myself
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 1:32pm
Hi all,

I've lurked once or twice on the board, but never really joined in because I felt a little out of place, with a son (Niels, 5 yo) who's dx'd with both mood disorder NOS (possible early onset bipolar disorder) and ADHD/ODD. But I see a number of kids here have a dual diagnosis, so figured I'd like to jump in too :-). Niels's mood problems are pretty much under control now with a mood stabilizer and we're now trialling Concerta.

I have a question for you all: Niels TALKS CONSTANTLY and LOUD, and he's also very attention seeking. There are really times, when I'm trying to deal with something else and Niels is talking my ear off, when I feel like my head is going to explode. Does anyone have any ideas on how to stem the verbal tide now and then???

Nice to "meet" you all!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 2:58pm
Hi Melissa,

Nice to meet you as well. I have a son who talks my head off as well, I haven't found the cure yet, maybe a nice pair of earplugs might work. What I have tried to do is make Tyler aware of his talking and I try to be consistent about it. I for instance have nicknamed him "Talk-A-Lot". Whenever he starts talking NONSENSE Excessively I respond with "Okay Talk-A-Lot" and he luaghs and starts to curve it. I just don't think there is too much you can do other than ear plugs or some really loud music.

Sorry if I wasn't much help.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 9:57pm
Hi Melissa. BOY I wish I knew the answer to that!!! My son also talks non stop & wont stop if asked. If he thinks of something he will say it, no matter where he is. Often he is very off topic at school. One thing I have read about (but keep forgetting to try) is using as timer. Give them so many minutes of their tme, then set the timer again for like 10 minutes, they can actually see how much longer they have to wait to talk again. I really need to try that. The main thing I do is ignore, but it's very hard. Joiner is very demanding of your attention, yells, get in your face. I am always unsure which DX they talking symptom is form. I believe if there are other symptoms like sleeplessness & lots of eating it is mania. If it is just talking then it is probably the ADHD.

What mood stabilizer is your son on? Mines takes Depakote. He also takes Seroquel for the mood disorder.