ADHD in Girls
Does my ADHD daughter have OCD?
My 10-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with ADHD since grade 1, and has been taking Adderall since then with positive results, has recently developed some concerning behaviors which seem to me to be compulsions.
At some point in school this year she learned about illnesses and germs, and since then she has been washing her hands very frequently - to the point that they are chapped. She’s asked me about AIDS and how it’s transmitted. In addition, she’s started gathering saliva in her mouth (not swallowing regularly) then going to the sink and spitting it out. I am very observant and have caught on quickly to these behaviors and have discussed them with her, reassuring her that she can’t get ill just because she is not continually washing her hands, and that she must try to stop the spitting, but the behavior, though it’s slowed down a little, has continued.
Is there anything else I can do? I have discussed in a non-judgemental way with her whether she is happy or has anxieties and she always assures me that she is fine. She seems happy enough to me.
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