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Old 10-07-2007, 08:20 AM   #1
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Over dramatic child

My 7 year old daughter is so over dramatic that it makes people stare. We are having tests done on her to see what it could be that is making her act the way she does.

I noticed that she changed when she was between 1 and 2 years of age. She is still a happy child but she acts so different.

Her social skills are not that great. She is either in someone's personal space or playing by herself. At recess she goes straight for the swings and stays on the entire time until the whistle blows to come back in.

She says that whenthe bath water is running it hurts her ears yet the tv can be loud and that doesnt seem to bother her. When her class is being too noisy she complains and covers her ears.

She speaks in what it seems like tongues. It is super fast and sounds like jibberish.

She eats well. Takes a multi vitamin every day. We are up to date with dr visits.

Last March she had her toncils and adenoids removed along with having tubes inserted in her ears. He speech was much better after that and was able to sleep better.

She shows signs of ADD, ADHD, autism, sensory issues, and so on. It is just pin pointing her problem that is frustrating.

When we go to the doctor or eye doctor she freaks out. It takes several nurses to hold her down to get a shot. We could not even dilate her eyes, which needs to get done, because she literally crawled to the ground and looked like a scared animal.

When something funny happens she laughs so loud that it makes people's heads turn to look at her. When she cries I can't tell if it is real or not. She cries like a drama queen with actions and everything. When she talks it is dramatic.

I have no idea what to do. She is very well disciplined. She never gets into trouble at school. In fact her teacher would think she was ADD. At home she is more ADHD. We do have another daughter who is 13 months younger than her and she is not having an issues whatsoever.

A child at school came up to me and told me that my daughter bothers her. As hurtful as that was I was glad she told me because I need to find something to help my daughter. She just doesn't fit in. We love her more than anything in the world and are willing to do whatever it takes to help her.

Does anyone have a child out there that does any of these things?

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Old 10-08-2007, 07:29 AM   #2
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Re: Over dramatic child

Look into child hood apnea. Does she still mouth breath in her sleep? SNore? If so take her to a sleep specialist for evaluation. How long does she sleep at night. Sleep deprivation in a child is often misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD. If you try and medicate a child with sleep apnea for ADD/ADHD it effects them adversely amplifing the symtpons and condition. Do not blinding accept a diagnosis off ADD/ADHD without looking into all the sources of said symptoms.

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Old 10-08-2007, 07:34 AM   #3
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She sleeps very well now that we have her adnoids and toncils removed. It took me some time to get used to not hearing her snore like she used to.

So many things that she does kind of remind me of autism. Maybe sensory.

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Wow - when I started reading this post I thought you were talking about my daughter who is 8. She is very much into other people's personal space, can't keep her hands to herself, doesn't seem to act her age, strong willed. She was always a fussy baby - would only sleep an hour to an hour and a half at a time. Not really colicky though. Never slept through the night until she was 4 and stays up late now. I've been thinking for the longest time that something "isn't quite right" with her. She does well in school though. I've mentioned it to her dr. who gave me a requisition to have her tested - which I am waiting until the new year to do. Let me know what transpires with your daughter.

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Re: Over dramatic child

honestly,what you have described almost sounds like bi polar in nature(my son has a bi polar disorder,it sounds alot like manic cycling),but it could be many other things too.its just very hard to Dx any real mood disorders in depends on alot of parental involvement as far as what you can actually relate to her doc about what you are really seeing and how it gets triggered.i really would just closely monitor her behavior for a week or two,making certain to note the behavior thru that time then seek out an appt with a good mental health type of just really do need to know what her status is,and most importantly any real treatment options for her.the sooner any real mood disorders are actuallly Dxed and treated the better the outcome for the child.make certain to note the change in her behavior that took place at that early age and anything you can remember about it,including any real 'events' in her life that may have been taking place around that time.any new children born around then or anything else actually happen at that time in her life?it just may or may not be significant or relavent.hope all is okay,but please keep us posted,K? Marcia

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Re: Over dramatic child have completely described my daughter. She will be 7 in December and for as long as I can remember has acted this way. Same noise issues, personal space, swings, had her tonsils/adnoids removed last September. Her speech is fine, very articulate so that is a difference. She also takes a daily prophalatic antibiotic for a kidney disorder.

I had her tested at school because of reading issues last year, and they tried to pinpoint her as ADD/ADHD, I don't think so. I would not let anyone say your daughter has ADD/ADHD without checking into everything that could possibly be going on. Like MKGBrook mentioned maybe she has sleep apnea, even though she has had her tonsils/adnoids removed.

I work in education and it seems like more & more kids are being diagnosed ADD/ADHD when the teachers notice a child is a little "off" from the "norm".

Have you had your daughter evaluated by a health professional? I would make an appt. a.s.a.p and explain all the issues she is having and see where it goes from there.

Let us know how it turns out.


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Old 10-10-2007, 06:20 PM   #7
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Today was not a good day. We were at school and I was substituting a 3rd grade class. They has an assembly for all the kids and I saw my daughter cutting up with 3 other students so I pulled her to the back of the line of her class so she would settle down. When school was let out I was talking to my other daughter's teacher and my 7 yr old (the one I am having problems with) managed to knock over a glass container that had some markers in it and broke it.

We came home and we have been studying for a spelling test tomorrow. We have been reviewing these words since last Friday when she got the list. Tonight she is having all kinds of problems remembering some of these words. She is not only one letter off...she is several letters off. "Snap" was spelled like "sac" and so on. It is so frustrating. I feel like sometimes her brain just shuts off and she cant do anything. The next day it is like she knew everything the whole time. I dont understand her. We have been studying with many breaks since we got home from school at 4pm. It is 8:20pm and pass her bedtime. I am fixing to put her to bed and wake her up early in the morning to practice some more.

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Re: Over dramatic child

i really would get her evaluated soon by a mental health professional.something really does appear to be 'off' somewhere in her brain.this could have many many actual causes.also,obtaining an MRI on her brain wouldn't be a bad idea either,depending on just what the evaluation reveals.seeing a neurologist may also be helpful.something is just not up to where it should be with her.luckily,as moms,we know our kids better than anyone and can pick up on alot of things others can miss.this is really where just monitoring and noting her behavior really will come in handy for any doc that evaluates her for anything.symptomolgy really is key here when trying to make any Dx.good luck and please continue to keep us posted.marcia

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Just another option, the school system my cousins were in wanted to label them both learning disabled and ADD/ADHD but their parents would not accept that. After seeing many types of doctors, a naturopathic doctor discovered that by eliminating gluten, dairy and all food dyes from their diets, that they were able to pay attention and remember things better. After 2 weeks on their new diet, both teachers were completely amazed at the transformation. They were well behaved, didn't talk out or misbehave anymore and were able to focus and ultimately get better grades. Hopefully, something as simple as diet can help your daughter!

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I agree with natural doctors and medicine. Regular doctors like to prescribe medication. My little sister has "ADD" but if my parents would parent her differently and eliminate the sugars she eats she probably wouldn't act the same way. Doctors are always adjusting her medication and at one point she has a bad tick like she tourettes. How scary is that? It was because her dose was too high and it made her tick, bad too.

Old 11-08-2007, 12:01 AM   #11
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This sounds a lot like my 7 year old daughter, I am getting a sleep test done for her on the 16th. She also sounds a lot like my 9 year old son, same history, he was recently diagnosed with nvld OR NLD OR NONVERBAL LEARNING DISORDER. It is a lot like autism but they are very verbal. My daughter may get that diagnosis, she does, however, have a higher level expressive language problem that makes interacting with others difficult because she cannot retrieve and organize her ideas quick enough. She gets so mad and tantrums frequently and appears very controlling. Let me know what happens.

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