My family thinks my son is ADHD

United States
January 16, 2008 3:58pm CST
My two year old son wakes up in the morning and as soon as his feet hit the ground, he is running. He hardly sits down to eat, he hasn't taken a nap since he was 18 months old, and he fights tooth and nail when it's bed time. My mother and sister are convinced that he has ADHD. He is an extremely vocal child. He can talk in understandable sentences and loves to go outside. He is still two so I am not too worried about this now as he behaves much like I have been told two year olds act; aside from the no nap thing. What do you think?
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
16 Jan 08
He is much to young to label him with ADHD, he is healthy and active. Make sure he has plenty of ways to get his energy out. In the evening, help him settle down with a nice bath and some reading time. My son was an active kid, we would have to read 4 or 5 books, but as soon as his head hit the pillow, he was sound asleep. He start ice skating at 3 and riding a 2 wheeler then too. He played soccer at 4, and hockey at 4 too. I forgot - swimming lessons at 3 too. Swimming wore him out.
• United States
17 Jan 08
My son loves for you to read to him and if you can get his attention long enough, he loves to draw. He's really good at making faces. They're still blobby, but they have two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth, and some scraggly hair. He might have inherited my artistic talent which would be great! The next Charles Schultz!!!
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
17 Jan 08
If your son is 2 and can draw recognizable faces then you have a budding Picasso on your hands. encourage those skills.
• United States
17 Jan 08
it's funny you mention Picasso. Can you guess who my avatar is?
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@lightningd (1042)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Sounds like a busy 2 year old to me. He's got things to do and a whole world to explore. My oldest didn't do naps either. He just didn't need one. Some kids don't. Some need a few. If he appears to be learning things fine, is able to follow basic instructions, I don't think he's ADHD. Some kids are just energetic. Too many times that gets the ADHD diagnosis, which is sad. He's obviously learning at a normal pace if he is speaking well. Don't fret it just yet. Unless he starts having uncontrollable outbursts for no reason, I don't think it's a concern yet.
• United States
23 Jan 08
He seems to be learning in leaps and bounds. He can already draw a recognizable face and he knows what a "Q", "M", "E", and "K" are. He will follow directions most times only if you repeat them numerous times and then stand up and go after him but I attribute that to him asserting his independence. The only thing that has me worried is that he will not leave the animals alone no matter how many times the cat scratches him in anger or the dog growls at him.
• United States
23 Jan 08
As far as the cat and dog, well, I have one child that's 19 and one that is 16 and they still don't understand not to mess with the dog when he gets mad. That's just kids I think. They believe themselves to be invincible.
• United States
23 Jan 08
Sounds like you have a typical two year old. Has mom and sister never heard of the terrible twos -and sometimes threes? Enjoy your son and don't let him wear you out.
• United States
23 Jan 08
Too late on that wearing out thing. I took him out in the snow to go sledding and I was winded after the fourth trip down.
@Stiletto (4597)
17 Jan 08
He sounds just like a normal, healthy two year old to me. I just cannot understand why people nowadays are so keen to tag children with this disorder or that disorder. Makes no sense to me at all. My daughter is 27 now but had she been a child today there is no doubt in my mind that some over-zealous, ill-informed teacher or doctor would have marked her out as having ADHD. In truth she was just boisterous and high-spirited as a child. Never slept, couldn't sit still and concentrate on anything for more than a couple of minutes. Every school report she had said the same thing. Thankfully in those days people had a saner view of how children should be. If I were you I would ignore your mother and sister. Your son sounds perfectly fine to me.
• United States
17 Jan 08
I heard once that ADHD is one of the most mis-diagnosed disorders affecting children today. I think it's because all of those spoiled "yuppy" kids having kids of their own cannot handle the energy that their kids have.
@angieang (262)
• United States
16 Jan 08
He's an active kid!! People want things so often to be some sort of disorder when it's actually just how people are! Most problems with older children and why people want to blame ADHD, and ADD is because most ( not all) simply don't correct their children at home... but expect them to be perfect angels in public yea right! I would say you just have a hyper 2 yr old that's ready to be grown..... like all other kids! I mean for real doesn't every kid fight bed times when it was time to go to bed! I know I did!
• United States
16 Jan 08
I agree and I'm gritting my teeth and bearing with it. I do not believe in medication unless it's for a documented illness so my son will grow up and I will continue to be there with him no matter how many people tell me to get him medicated. I know that would be the FIRST thing his mother would do when she couldn't handle him.
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
20 Jan 08
He sounds like a normal 2 yr. old to me. Its really too soon to even worry or be concerned about him being ADD that is if he is.
• United States
20 Jan 08
Sounds Like a normal active 2 year old to me. My son was the same exact way when he was younger. He'll calm down some as he gets older.
@AICIRT81 (848)
• United States
18 Jan 08
That sounds like a typical two year old. Thats why use the phrase terrible twos. I would be hesitant to put a ADHD lable on any child, especially one that young. I think that people are too easy to lable children as ADHD. I would see what happens as he gets older and if you are concerned if his behavior is normal ask his peditritian.
• Philippines
17 Jan 08
It used to be that we call them naturally as brats, now it sounds scary that it got a medical terminology, really what the medicine of now can do to our psych. As parents, we do well & know our kids. Parents could be only rightful person to say such evaluations to kids behavior.
@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
16 Jan 08
2 years old is a very early age to diagnose a child if she got ADHD. I had the same problem before with my daughter but as she grows her running became less and less. No need to worry at this stage my dear. Just enjoy your son. :)
@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
16 Jan 08
he sounds like a normal healthy full of life little boy.be happy dont worry so much.its why its called the TERRIBLE 2's lol.i have raised 4 fine kids myself so i speak from experience.
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
16 Jan 08
My youngest daughter never took a nap and was on the go from 5:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening. She chattered like a magpie before she was a year old and was reading at 3. She did not walk til she was 15 months but she climbed everything in sight. We had to put her mattress in the floor and screw her dresser to the wall. I thought I was going to go nuts!!! She did not have ADHD. She was just brilliant and busy VERY busy!! She is going for her law degree now and wants to be a lobbist in Washing ton DC. She decided when she was 5 that this is what she wanted to do and has been working towards it ever since. She started working for lawyers at the age of 16. And did high school and some junior college at the same time. Do not let anyone put that child on any medication. It will destroy him!!!! Work with him. Teach him everything you can and enjoy his busyness and try not to go crazy. Shalom~Adoniah