Parents of ADHD Children
Still not convinced it's ADHD...
My 6 year old started to have huge behavior problems at school last fall—big, angry outbursts primarily with some refusal to do work when he felt incompetent doing it or it was really boring. He was also placed a a multi-age level class where he did a lot of independent, quiet seatwork. I think that was really not working for him. There was no history of major difficulties in Kindergarten. Also, he is a gifted learner and receives enrichment programming at school. When I finally convinced school to move him to a regular, first grade only class for the last two months of school, things went much, much better so I know much of it was environmental. The problem is, it’s moved out of just the school setting to home as well now.
I had a psychologist evaluate him in November, as I have another son on the autism spectrum and wanted to rule that out right away. She diagnosed as ADHD impulsive type. We tried Quillivant XR with him at two different dosages. He showed no improvement in behavior—if anything he was even more irritable plus he wasn’t eating and sleeping well at all. We switched to Intuniv and he has shown some improvement, but his psychologist feels it is not working well enough. In the meantime, he’s also developed depression.
I’m having a hard time seeing the ADHD in all of this, though. He isn’t what I would consider “hyperactive” in fact, since this all started he hasn’t really wanted to do much of anything but watch TV and play video games. He’s stubborn and has difficulty with transitions. Mostly he’s just really irritable and the slightest little thing sets him off. He has huge reactions to most everything—I guess that’s the only place I really see impulsivity. He can only handle so much of a boring or unwanted activity and then he’s “done” and he’s emotionally immature.
I worry that the fact that the stimulant medication didn’t help means that this isn’t ADHD at all, but something else. I really don’t know what. Am I crazy here? I’d love to hear other people’s experiences…
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