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17 Oct 2011

How to tell if your 5 year old is ADD/ADHD:
I would like to know the signs for this as my daughters educare teacher says she is emotionally different at than she is at home. My brother from the same mom and dad had(as past away) adhd and my sis from the same mom and different dad has add. I dont have any problem like that As i want to know what questions to ask or signs to look out for as she i can make her an appointment with a psychiatrist but first want to know the ins and outs.
Please help as i dont want to use ritlian if this is the case.
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ADD/ADHD Expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear SLI,

There are a number of symptoms listed to diagnose ADHD; some of the most common being:
-constant fidegeting
-not completing work on time
-avoiding tasks requiring sustained effort
-loosing things
-etc

The important things to remember is that the symptoms are present in two or more settings; have been present before the age of 7 years and that the symptoms have a negative impact on the child's life.

As the above (very short) list could be attributed to nearly every child, it is also important that these behaviours are present in excess of what would be expected of a child the same age.

As ADHD is genetic, there is a higher chance your little one may have it, but not definite. If you do not wish to medicate, I would suggest seeing a psychologist rather a psychiatrist as psychiatrists treat with medication while psychologists don't.

Kind regards,
Delia
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