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Old 06-08-2006, 04:28 PM   #1
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ADHD question

I saw the other thread about ADD and had a question. Who do you take your dc to if you suspect ADHD? Ds has a lot of issues at home and at school with focusing and sitting still, etc. The school district will hopefully evaluate him before the school year ends, but they can't diagnose/treat. He has an appointment with a developmental pediatrician in Sept. It's a 6 month wait at that practice, and 2 years at one closer to where we live. I really would like to get the ball moving before the next school year, as I am not even sure what grade to put him in come September.

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Old 06-08-2006, 04:48 PM   #2
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Re: ADHD question

Many pediatricians or psychologists have a Conner's Rating Scale available; even if you don't get if formally graded, you will probably be able to get a good idea by looking at your answers. If you PM me, I'll ask the person who did our testing about the resources in your area, and find out if I can help you network.
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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I'd try dietary changes and suppliments. Dr's misdiagnose ADD/ADHD waaaaaay too often and put children on meds who don't need them. Those meds can be dangerous and they have to test their liver function every 6 months as they can cause damage. That is the #1 reason why we quit followed by the #2 reason being they are a gateway drug to street drugs.

We started seeing a Naturopath and are getting our children's hormones, brains and bodies back in order. We have cut out foods that cause problems, wheat is a HUGE problem with Tiffany and causes her to be in a perpetual bad mood, snarky and just downright difficult.

So, I would be very careful in taking your child to your pediatrician to be diagnosed. They sometimes will just diagnose just to appease the parents in what they think you want to hear and are quick to write out a prescription and push you out the door.

PM me if you want, I am happy to help if you have further questions.
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Old 06-09-2006, 08:40 PM   #4
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Re: ADHD question

As a person with ADHD I would try to find a highly reputable psychiatrist and have all of the proper testing done and demand that they do the testing. That is what my mom did. She thought long and hard about meds and discussed it with lots of people including my doctor and the CHADD support group. My mom did eventually put me on meds after a lot of soul searching. My mother also looed into any dr that we used to make sure they knew what they were talking about when it came to ADD and ADHD. I had a really bad shrink at one point and we dropprd him fast. You should get mpre then five minute appts. When my mom got my files from that guy had had comments about how I looked like a "ragamuffin". I was a very ackward seventhgrader who was being picked on at school and had depression that he never took the time to diagnose.

You may not get a full on diagnose until school starts because they eveluated me at school as well as having my mom document how my behavior was at home, how I was sleeping, a whole host of things.
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I'm a special ed teacher- be very sure that you are involved! I get so frustrated when people tell me that their child was labled ADD and the parents never even filled out a survey on their own! You should be very invovled and the problem needs to be both a school and home (which it sounds like it is) problem. You will take the child to a doctor to initiate evaluation and the teachers will fill out surveys too.

I agree w/ the women who say that its way overdiagnosed and that sometimes people get labled ADD to just "put a name to the problem". In my professional experience, I would say maybe 20% of the kids I work with that are considered ADD/ADHD actually have it and the rest really don't. The ones that do - man, its totally obvious and permeates all areas of their lives. My favorite student jokes that she has to rent movies and not see them in the theater, because it takes her about 5 times of playing it for her to actually see the whole movie LOL. On Friday's we had movie day after the kids got off work (I had a life skills program) and she'd borrow the movie I rented to take home and watch it again and again until she actually saw it all. I thought that was pretty cute. Frustrating for her, though, I'm sure.
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I'm going through the frustration of drs. appts right now. We did do the Connor's test (not sure if that's the whole name) in conjuction with a complete learning disability testing...he's not LD but the Connor's shows strong ADD characteristics. He was evaluated for a Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and had his hearing tested, and passed both. I took him to the neurologist this week, and the doctor didn't even look at all the paperwork I brought in with me...very frustrating. He said bring him in at the beginning of the next school year after we see a recurring problem..... WTHECK??!! I called the school psychologist and she was flabbergasted that he didn't even open the paperwork...all the minor tests he did were the complete opposite of the test results they achieved at school. I am taking my DS back to a child psychiatrist at the suggest of the psychologist, who can do an evaluation, and my hopes are that this time they will look at all the testing we've done. I don't want to drug my child , but I want them to at least look into what might be causing the focus problems, etc. etc.. Good luck to you, I hope you find what you need and get the proper attention paid to your child!
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Re: ADHD question

I recently started the evaluation process with my DS who may be ODD and ADHD (oppositional defiant disorder). We are doing the Conner ratings thing as well. First we are starting out with his pediatrician because there is a 8-12 month waiting list to get to a child neurologist for counseling and further evaluation and testing on my DS. We even found that my DS may be deaf in one ear (he goes for a retest tomorrow).

My dr is anti-meds if at all possible so we are looking at all possible things for my DS to avoid meds for the ADHD. As for the ODD, he will need some sort of med, but a very low dose. That is much worse because he has flare ups of his temper and can really hurt someone, so he needs something to control his mood swings desparately before he hurts someone or himself.

But I started with my pedi.
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:06 AM   #8
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Re: ADHD question

We can't start with our ped. When we brought it up the first time, he recommended some books on discipline. A few months later, I brought up that ds was still having a lot of problems in school, and he basically told me to bring him in and he would medicate him. I asked about getting him evaluated. He said that all a neurologist, etc. could do would be to medicate him anyway. And that its a 2.5 year wait to see a developmental ped. so there's no point. The wait really is about that long, because I was in the same waiting room as the developmental peds with other ds to see a different specialist and asked the receptionist about getting an appointment. So I have an appointment with a different practice, 45 minutes-1 hour away because they will see us in Sept. (made the appointment a few months ago). The dr there specializes in ADHD so hopefully it will help.

I keep hearing conflicting things on where to take ds. I have heard neurologist, developmental ped., psychiatrist, psychologist, OT, etc. I don't want to take ds anywhere that is going to be a waste of time and money. Especially since several of these options wouldn't be covered by insurance. We really don't want to medicate him. But dh doesn't want to see any alternative type practitioners until we have exhausted all of our options except for medication.

On a positive note, ds got evaulated by the school district a few days ago. Would have been nice if they would have told us in advance so we could have gotten him to school on time that day... So at least we will know what is going on with that by the end of the month, and if he qualifies/needs services. However, since he is in a private school they can't guarantee him services. They will run out of funding at some point during the school year and all services for kids in private schools will be cut (except for speech). If he were in public school they would be mandated to give him services.

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Re: ADHD question

That stinks that his special services in school would be cut and also with how the pedi is treating it.

I'm lucky that my pedi is very much an AP parent He's behind parents and their concerns 100%. The last thing we want to do is medicate him so we are weeding through food sensitivities and we think we found it!

good luck with the specialist
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Re: ADHD question

I don't know much about ADHD/ADD, but I know several friends who have LOVED the following book:
http://www.acornpublishing.com/adhd.html
It is one of the books my Mom published, and several of my friends have bought/used the the book and found it a wonderful resource.

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