As an ADHD coach and former therapist, I get asked a lot of different questions. Here's one example I wanted to share with you:
My 3 year old daughter is what I consider to be an ‘active’ toddler. In the last several months, she has been getting worse and worse and I don't know what to do. She is constantly getting into things, stays up until after midnight, and then wakes up before my husband and I (as early as 5 AM sometimes). Nothing seems to calm her down.
I am really worried and I have tried everything. Oh yea, and my daughter is incredibly creative but she won't sit still long enough to express herself. I have tried different crafts and other activities, and nothing seems to work for her.
I guess I am just concerned that it could be ADHD. I am hearing a lot of that lately, and I really don't want my three year old daughter on medication. I have two older children, and they were never this bad. They were never this active and mischievous.
Can 3 year olds have ADHD? I really don't want to medicate her, but I am running out of other ways and ideas to best control and help my daughter. Please help.
Can you hear the desperation in this Mom's words?
She wrote more in a later e-mail:
I have been given advice to have her medicated for ADHD. But I don't want that. I am afraid that if I say it is ADHD, her pediatrician will immediately prescribe medications for her. Other parents have told me that we do not allow her enough time to exercise and express her energy and it just makes me feel like a bad parent. What did I do? Everyone seems to think I cause this!
Steps you can follow first:
Step 1: Look inside yourself.
Now that you've heard opinions from other parents and anyone else sharing advice, what does your gut tell you?
Step 2: Consult a pediatrician right away.
Whenever you are concerned about a child's health or well-being, it is always best to ask that question. Never sit with it. Explain the behavior, and why you are concerned. Don't tell him or her that you think it might be ADHD.
Step 3: Ignore other people.
Too many people don't know what they are talking about when it comes to ADHD and children. Your best bet is to find trustworthy sources and reliable friends who truly know from experience.
Find like-minded people who will help you.
Bottom line? Make sure you are getting the right information from the right people. And to get you started with information that will make a difference today, I'd like to offer you access to a special report on the keys to success in school for a child with ADHD. You can get started by visiting http://www.thetruthbehindadhd.com .
Brought to you By Dr. Rory Stern & The Truth Behind ADHD