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Posted by Mary on November 07, 2000 at 09:38:37:

In Reply to: Excessive Drawing - ADD or Anxiety? posted by Julie Rogers on November 06, 2000 at 14:50:14:

: My 6 year old daughter is in the first grade. Since the beginning of school she has been compulsive about drawing on EVERYTHING - her school work, any paper she comes in contact with, on the walls, doors, books. She is falling behind in school because she rather be drawing then doing her school work. My husband and I have been seperated for almost 2 years, but she does see him regularly and we do get along. Would her actions be because she is suffering from anxiety/stress or that she may be suffering with ADD? Her teacher doesn't feel that it is ADD and in her 20 years of teaching has never come across a child like mine. I am planning on meeting with the school counselor, but any suggestions? Anyone with almost the same experience?

: Julie

ADD does not usually involve compulsiveness such as this. Is the inability to stay on task. Such as working on a project in school, getting distracted and having no clue what you were doing when you look back at what you were doing. Small motor coordination is often very poor ie: illegible handwriting due to poor small motor coordination. Besides meeting with the counselor why not get a jump on this by getting an appointment with your MD set to get this evaluated. Sounds like a compulsive thing. Good Luck.

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