ADHD and ADD???

United States
April 14, 2007 9:28pm CST
I have a son and a daughter that are 9 and 8. My son was diagnosed with ADHD about 4 years ago. At that time I refused medication for him and when he got to kindergarten he flunked. Failed kindergarten? I didn't understand how this could happen. So I was convinced to put him on medicine. At firt it was adderal 10mg then 5mg, then straterra, and then concerta. I had it, my son was not a test subject so I stopped the medicine's. Til recently, he is just driving over the edge. He won't sit still to save his life and won't stay on one thing for long. All of my friends insist on not coming around often. What do you do? My daughter was diagnosed ADD. She doesn't seem to have a hard time with concentrating on things, she just does not want to do them at all. Her attitude is overwhelming most of the time. She is always telling me no and throwing a fit. I don't think it's ADD and I won't have her on medicine. We tried concerta to shut the doctor up, but it didn't seem to stop the attitude at all. I have done diet changes and so on, but nothing works. Any suggestions? I feel that she shows the common signs of Bi Polar disorder.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I found that teaching children yoga and some Tai Kwan Do postures helps. It slows everthing down and teaches them to control their mind. ADD and ADHD kids have trouble with overstimulation. They have difficulty sorting and blocking all the stimuli that come at them. Activities like yoga are non-boring ways to teach them to focus. If you can't find classes or afford them, see if you can get some video tapes or CDs and practice with them. It will give everybody family time together and promote health too. Good luck. (I am a retired mental health counselor)
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Well, we do Yoga together on a regular basis. I am lucky if I can keep them focused for more than five minutes on doing the Yoga with me. I use Yoga as a regular form of exercise. I also have Tai Kwan Do Dvd's and books and there I have the same issue. Keeping either of them focused long enough to continue doing them. They get bored with everything they do within a week.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I trully believe that disorders like these are highly due to, but not ONLY caused by, the foods we eat! I would suggest you take your son to a naturalist doctor and if you can find one that practices naturalist techniques and is also a chiropractor then I think that he/she could really help you with this! I think the medications that come from prescriptions ultimately make cases worse and are meant to do just that so you have to keep children on them forever! It's all about money for the pharmeceutical companies! I don't trust them for one second! I go to a naturalist/chiropractor myself and I know that they trully work and aren't "flukes"! It's so interesting to learn how everything really does work with each other in your body and a naturalist can really help you to understand what's going on with your son! Chiropractics also plays a big part in the way we feel, the moods we're in and stuff like tha, you wouldn't think so but they really do! I huge thing is that I noticed you've changed their diets but have you ever tried a strict all organic diet? I know it's a little more difficult but I think that you'd see a huge difference in your children if you tried this! If you do decide to try an organic diet let me know how it's worked! Good luck!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I would do the organics, but the price is not within my budget at the moment. I am a single mom with the two kids and go to school full-time, as well as work. I can barely keep up with daily activites. Anyway, some day maybe when I finish school I can choose that alternative for food. On the other hand, I have taken them to a chirpractor and there wasn't much mention about the moods. I should mention it and see what I can accomplish. As well as a nutrionist, I know that I have to see one for my hypoglycemia, so I'll mention to them the children and see what they suggest.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
15 Apr 07
There are a lot of other problems that it could be, including oppositional behavior disorder, as one condition my son's were diagnosed with in addition to their ADD and ADHD. In addition, there are also many other possibilities. Even if it were Bipolar, doctors are very reluctant to diagnose this in children. I know this because they have already told me that if one family member has it, there is a good chance that other members will. Two of my sons have the symptoms, and two adults have been diagnosed. Right now, they are both taking medication for a 'mood disorder' but that will remain the official bipolar diagnosis until they are older.
• United States
15 Apr 07
Right, I understand this one. My daughter was diagnosed with oppositional behavior as well, but they didn't put her on anything other than concerta. I thought this was for ADHD, not behavioral issues. I do know that they won't daignose them as children bi polar. However, my dad was bi polar, her dad is, her dads mom and grandma are as well. So, it goes to say, I don't doubt that one of them have it.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
17 Apr 07
My one son is on the Concerta for the ADHD. They told me that they both have oppositional behavior disorder, but have not changed their medications. They both take Abilify for the mood disorder, and my 14-year-old just started taking Zoloft for a nonspecific depression.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Zoloft is usually prescribed for those with bi polar disorder. I know a few people that take it for that reason. My daughter has been diagnosed with oppositional behavior, but was only perscribed concerta. They said that they could assist her with therapy, but she won't participate in therapy. I don't know how they are going to help someone with this disorder if they can't get them to talk, or act out in therapy. I know that they are reluctant to diagnose this in children, but that doesn't help the frustration that I am dealing with. I am a single mom with nobody to back me on anything. Most of my family has passed and none of my friends have children. Therefore, I am doing it alone and it can be very hard dealing with it and work and school and everything else that one has to comfront. I feel real bad that I can't help them to feel better because they don't know what's wrong. If that makes sense???
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