I dont know how to handle my daughter. She constantly yells at me, hits me, throws things at me and just yells out of nowhere. She's on 15mg of adderall and it really doesn't seam to help. Her doctor has changed her meds 4 times in 1 year. Nothing is working. My nerves are shot and im so lost. Please give me some advice
Growing up with ADHD myself, I was a handful too at times, but the violence and yelling seems to me like something else.
This sounds like a kind of behavioral problem that might be better sorted out with family counseling. Is she watching a lot of violent T.V.? Is she experiencing bullying? Is there something going on in your lives that might have caused some unrest in your family?
I would not blame the medicine too soon, but check your insurance and see if it offers a number of free visits to counseling, or maybe there is a social worker at your school that you can talk to?
Remember to be patient, try not to raise your voice and to follow through on appropriate discipline techniques. Try google-ing some behavioral modification techniques or CBT therapy.
I would have her checked for food allergies. I once saw a demonstratioon where a child was playing nicely with some toys and was then fed a banana. He started throwing his toys violently and starte screeming. Perhaps your daughter is reactiing to a food she eats frequently.
I have worked with some childreln with similar anger issues. Food allergies are certainly something to look into. I'm an acupuncturist so I can't speak for medication issues but this does sound like a bit more than ADHD. What your describing is more like EAD - Explosive Anger Disorder. Google it and you will find several references. Good luck E.G.
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