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How do you identify potential ADHD in toddlers?

I have ADHD, my mom has ADHD (not formally diagnosed, but I am certain of it), both of my brothers have ADHD.  I was not diagnosed until my late 30s, and I am still learning just how damaging that was - all those years of being told I wasn’t living up to potential (among other things), and not understanding that there was a biological explanation, and not just a lack of will power or self discipline.

Anyway, that was a long-winded introduction to my actual question.  I have a son who just turned 2; he is my first child, and I have not spent a lot of time around children, and so I have nothing to compare his behavior to.  Quite frequently he acts in ways that lead me to suspect he may have ADHD, but at the same time, they seem like pretty normal behaviors from a little guy who is frustrated that he can’t control everything in his world…. 

I just want to make sure that I can recognize it early if he does have ADHD - I really want to make sure that me and his dad (who does not have ADHD, and can sometimes get easily frustrated with my ADHD) are…ugh I can’t even put this into words, but I’m sure you know what I mean - I don’t want him to be in trouble or feel bad for things he can’t control, and if he does have ADHD, I want to be able to help him learn how to best manage it and live with it, and to see the positive in it, and not just all the negative.

Wow, that was not articulate at all… hopefully it made sense hmmm

And, in case you forgot the question already, what symptoms are you likely to see in a 2 year old with ADHD?

Thanks!

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The diagnosing criteria recently changed for ADHD and can now be officially diagnosed at the age of 4. I think age 2 is way too young to be able to see ADHD definitively, because 2-year-old behavior can look a lot like ADHD, and vice versa.

Here’s an article that discusses signs and diagnosis of ADHD in young kids. This may help you tease out your son’s behaviors into typical vs. potentially ADHD: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8664.html. and http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2488.html.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 04, 2014 at 10:40pm

Thanks!  Sorry that I just saw this, I didn’t know I had to “subscribe” to updates to this thread since I created it :0

I will take a look at the article, thanks!

Posted by lizmari on Jul 25, 2014 at 7:35pm

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