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    4 yr. old with ADHD
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    Alexiasmama posted:
    My 4 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. We have been doing therapy since July but it took me awhile to get our insurance to cover the testing. Now that we know what exactly we are dealing with we will be continuing with the therapy but I would like any suggestions from parents and/or others who are dealing with this on what has and hasn't worked for them. My daughter has shown all the signs for this disorder since a very young age and I have tried just about everything to help her. We are making baby steps with her progress but at the same time she has been doing some of the self harming stuff and it scares me to death. It hurts me to see her going through this and being dumbfounded on what to do. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    momuv4girls responded:
    Did a Child Psychiatrist do her evaluation, and was the testing done over several visits with a whole bunch of paperwork and meetings with the child alone, then visits with the parents alone?

    Did the Dr. suggest medication now, or just therapy?

    What does the self-harm behaviors look like, and has she always been prone to do them?

    A bit more info. would be helpful. Thanks!

    -Kathleen
     
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    Patricia Quinn, MD responded:
    I agree with momuv4girls

    Some more information would be helpful.

    Dr Quinn
     
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    Alexiasmama responded:
    A child psychiatrist did her evaluation which was done in two visits. The first visit was just with my daughter and the psychiatrist and the second was with me answer a bunch of questions, lots of paperwork. They also had her daycare and myself do a breif survey on her behavior. We had discussed medication but at this time are just continuing with therapy because I am a bit weary of medicating my 4 year old. Her self harming behavior involves biting herself, scratching her face and ripping her hair out. As an infant she would hit herself with her sippy cup and bang her head on the floor. She has even tried to run off into busy streets. She has a really hard time coping with things. When she is upset or mad she throws trantrums that can last up to an hour where she self harms and throws herself on the ground. I also have an 11 year old daughter and a 9 year old son which do not have this condition but are having a hard time dealing with this. I have recently started them in our therapy sessions and they will be starting individual sessions as well. I am a single parent so this is all falling on my shoulders and any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     
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    Alexiasmama responded:
    She was diganosed by a child psychiatrist. The testing was done in to sessions. The first session was with just my daughter and the second was with me answer a bunch of questions, a lot of paperwork. They also had her daycare teacher and myself do a survey. We discussed medication but a continuing with just therapy for now. I am a bit weary of medicating my 4 year old. Her self harming started as an infant with her banging her head on the floor and hitting herself in the head with her sippy cup. She no longer does these but now she is biting herself, pulling her hair out, and scratching her face. She has a problem with coping. When she is upset, mad, or frustrated she throw huge tantrums that can last up to an hour where she throws herself on the ground, screams, kick and self harms. I also have an11 year old daughter and a 9 year old son, neither of them have ADHD and they are having a hard time dealing with all of this. I have recently involved them in are therapy sessions and they will be starting individual sessions in the near future. I am a single mother so all of this fall solely on my shoulders and any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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