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Posted by Troll on February 13, 2000 at 22:49:41:

In Reply to: Questions about ADD posted by Angela on February 02, 2000 at 00:51:57:

: I was recently told by my 8 year old daughters teacher that she shows signs of ADD in the classroom. I know there was something going on, but I never considered ADD. She is a very bright, active little girl, but she is VERY emotional. She gets upset at the least little things and cries. I know that children with ADD have problems focusing and concentrating, but are these emotional outbreaks also symptoms? I don't know where to go from here. I would be greatful for any comments or suggestions.

Everything you've mentioned here about your daughter is very much in-line with ADD. ADDers are very prone to emotional outbreaks. The basis for most (if not all) of our "differences" lies within the fact that we have problems curtailing impulses, including our emotions. Emotions are very intense for us and even adults are prone to having temper tantrums. ADD folks tend to come from families with traits favoring impulse control problems, even if the parents don't have the attention problems themselves.

I don't know whether or not your daughter does or does not have ADD, but I would definitely recommend getting it checked out, as it could save your daughter a lot of problems down the road and a lot of trouble in school at the present time. You may wish to pursue this through a psychiatrist as opposed to a GP. Our school system is great in that they give students with these problems a very thorough evaluation program with a school psychologist, doctor visit, social worker, etc. Maybe yours would do the same type of thing.

I wish you well.

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