New User - Please help! Out of my mind!

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Registered: 02-22-2010
New User - Please help! Out of my mind!
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Mon, 02-22-2010 - 1:39pm

Hi all, I'm new here and I'm really looking for some support and some advice.


I have a 7 year old daughter who is ADHD.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 2:19pm

HI, and welcome


I would definetely contact a Psychiatrist to get the meds right, and possibly see if there are comorbids. It sounds like there are. I would also contact a Neuropsychologist to have her re evaluated, just to make sure.


You cannot say any med did not work unless you have tried every dose of that med, for at least 2 weeks. Some take a bit to adjust to. There are side effects, but they generally lessen after a bit.


Vyvanse is basically the same med as Adderall, with a different release.Same side effects, BUT it seems to cause less mood Issues in some kids.

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

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

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Registered: 02-22-2010
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 2:33pm

Hi!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 4:52pm

Wow...hope the Vyvanse does, indeed, work for her.

Just for completeness sake: I presume you tried Focalin? It's the active thing in ritalin/concerta without the inactive bit & for my kid had less side effects. Also on the for-what-it-is-worth, I've thought for awhile that doing the Omega 3 (see other posts for dosages) does help my kid with the melting side-effects that can show up. But I don't have strong evidence, that stuff has always come in waves with us, and nothing that sounds as bad as what you've got.

You don't see symptoms at home even when, say, she's doing her homework? (off meds, I mean) I get what you mean about structured households--we also don't see a bunch of things at home, over the years, but we've always been able to see it in the homework if nowhere else.

Have you got the Canadian equivalent of an IEP? I'm just wondering if there's something her teachers could be doing to add the structure, organizational skills, reminders, etc., that she probably needs? Or are you satisfied she's getting all that?

What kinds of testing has she had? Has anyone investigated for a LD, for instance? They go hand-in-hand with ADHD often enough & it's the sort of thing that would cause a really bright kid problems--the thing to remember is the bright ones tend to find ways to mask the actual issue. They try so hard!

Megan
Megan
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Registered: 02-22-2010
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 7:22pm

We haven't tried Focalin .. nor have I even heard of it!

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 02-22-2010 - 8:27pm

AN IEP is an Individulaized Education Plan, Special Education really.


Strattera is better for moods than Focus in my opinion, and it is dosed sttrictly by weight, not symptoms ( stims are dosed by symptoms).


I would give the Focalin a chance if the Vyvanse doesn't help, but not sure what meds are available in Canada.

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

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

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Registered: 06-10-2005
Tue, 02-23-2010 - 5:20pm

Hi Deez.


I have some of the same problems with my DS.

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Registered: 03-05-2010
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 10:51am

Hello,


With your reference to ADHD with OCD tendencies I am wondering if maybe there is actually an underlying sensory processing disorder of some sort. What are her symptoms that appear to be OCD?


Is she over or undersensitive to any type of stimuli such as noises, bright lights, or textures? Is she a picky eater or particular about what clothes she will wear (only ones of certain materials or without tags)?


Being that you have said she does so well with you, a lot of times school is full of so much sensory stimulation that a child that doesn't process this information properly will misbehave out of agitation.


Because sensory processing disorders are so new they are frequently being mistaken for ADHD/OCD or even Autism.


I know of some great resources if you think this sounds familiar.

Mother of child with SPD - 3 yrs old

Read about my adventures in parenting a child with SPD at....