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ADD, hyperactivity or just a boy?

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ididnt Fri 28-Dec-12 18:27:44

Ds1 (8) has been worrying us for a couple of months. He's a bright boy who has always done well at school, in all areas. He's particularly active - enjoys sports and physical activity, plays well with others but doesn't have a best friend as such.

He's just started in junior school and just before half term he was recommended for some special 'attention and listening' classes as his teacher was worried that he wasn't able to listen and pay attention properly. At home, he doesn't appear to listen, forgets things all the time, is incapable of concentrating on chores/homework/school reading without fidgeting or getting bored within minutes. He can sit and read books that interest him, but not for long periods of time. The only thing he can do for long periods is play video games, and he is obsessed by puzzle type video games (Tetris or Bubble Bash style things), he's also amazingly fast at them.

He constantly makes noise, moves about, seems to fling his limbs in all directions and leaps about. He doesn't play with his toys anymore, but can sit for a few minutes playing with ds2 (1). He doesn't seem able to accept responsibility when he does something wrong, hates being reprimanded, repeats bad behaviour, laughs when he accidentally hurts his brother. The list goes on.

Sorry this is so long, wanted to get as much down as I could remember. Would really appreciate anyone's input before I go see the GP.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Wed 16-Jan-13 09:41:15

I'm cautious to write this as I think this has been a very helpful thread, but there is more to this than just diet.
It's important that your son gets properly assessed, he may not have ADHD at all but there may be something going on. My belief is that the best way is to go through the formal process and use that as a starting point to learn from. Diet changes can make a big difference but its important you know what you're dealing with.
I say this because my son does have ADHD but he also has Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. He is waiting for his ASD diagnosis. Diet helps his behaviour but he will always be on the Autistic spectrum and nothing will change that.
A good starting place is looking at his behaviours and researching them, we treat our son very differently now we understand him better. By changing the way we interact with him, our lives have changed for the better enormously.

What I'm trying to say, is, understanding your son is just as important as any other factor, including diet.

ididnt Thu 17-Jan-13 18:22:51

i'm sure you're right about going through the gp process etc. as i said he is better but not perfect. I'm just a bit nervous of the gp as I've been dismissed as neurotic in the past and obvious get worried I'm overreacting :-\

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Thu 17-Jan-13 18:40:54

Ididnt you don't have to accept it if he judges you for being neurotic.
Go prepared, write down his symptoms, difficulties he has. Keep a diary if necessary that you could show.
Speak to the teachers, he can be referred via the school but we were told that was slower than via the GP.
You could always ask for a doctor in your practice who has an interest in paediatrics. Most doctors have a special interest.

ididnt Mon 21-Jan-13 13:38:13

Good point - I know exactly which doctor I could ask to see. He specialises in paediatrics and is normally very lovely.

Ds has got significantly better over the last week - typically it's when my parents have been stayin;, my mum is a retired head/teacher and she didn't think his behaviour was anything other than lively and boyish confused I guess I could still take my diary to the doc and see what he says...

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