How Many PA With ADD/ADHD or Other \"Behavioural\" Labels?

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 4:04am
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Please forgive me. I was not clear how to word the question properly so as not to offend anyone.

This stems from jmarcustry's thread currently running in Off Topic about her PA child.

I have yet to read the Parenting ADD/ADHD children thread to see if ALL of the children being spoken about in that thread are also the PA children discussed on the main part of the board.

How many of us are dealing with PA children that also have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD or another "behavioural" label such as ODD, etc.?

I have never taken Jesse to see a behavioural pediatrician. It has been suggested to me that Jesse *could* be ADHD.
Interestingly enough, it is his non-PA sister that has a behavioural "label" of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

But, for those of you posting (or not) in the threads running in Off Topic re ADD/ADHD/ODD, how many are posting re their PA child?

I do know one member, no longer posting, whose child is PA/TNA and also diagnosed as ADHD.

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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 6:35am
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Cin my ds with ADD does not have PA or any food allergies. He does however have enviromental allergies. I am not sure if there could be a connection of any kind though. I do know that when he was being tested for ADD/ADHD they did check out his allergy meds to make sure the symptoms were not stemming from the meds.
Do you think you will have Jess tested?
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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 8:21am
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Yes, my ADD DS is also PA along with multiple other food and enviro allergies. I KNOW that some of his food allergies cause emotional reactions in him. The psychologist who tested DS for ADD told me about an allergist in our area who treats kids whose allergies affect behavior - unfortunately, she's not on our insurance.
At least though I know that some MD's are coming to the conclusion that allergies can and do affect brain function.
Rebekah
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 1:54am
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sorry 2 sound like an complete idiot but wot is ODD??

Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 2:04am
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k9ruby, you don't sound like a complete idiot. You sound like me when I was told my daughter had O.D.D. Not that she was odd, that was perhaps a given (I am smiling and joking [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] )
Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Not clear that my daughter has "it". Was labeled as being ODD by a behavioural pediatrician that saw us for maybe 45 minutes and in response to a rather lengthy questionnaire I had filled out re her behaviour. My daughter is 6.
Anyway, that's what ODD is.
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 7:34am
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Yes, as everyone knows [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] my dd who is pa and tna has the diagnoses of: ADHD, ODD, and anxiety.
The school psychologist tells me there is a link between allergies and attentional difficulties. I asked our allergist about it. Her opinion was that if kids have allergic symptoms (more from environmental kinds of stuff I guess; certainly not anaphylactic type of reactions) it may be harder for them to stay focused on classwork because they are distracted by their symptoms.
Who knows? This is an area that will probably gain more attention in the future.
Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 9:24am
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California Mom I have always wondered if ds's enviro allergies had an effect on his behavior. I hope the subject does get more attention. I would really like to know if his allergies are connected to his ADD. My ADD ds has enviro allergies. I will have to ask the ped next time I am there.
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 9:26am
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 3:28pm
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Today my mother told me about a little boy who went to the same allergist I did for allergy shots (30 or so years ago) who would literally be climbing the curtains if he did not get his allergy shot on a regular basis - even a day or two late. Get it on time and he was fine. The allergist was well aware of the effect this boy's allergies had on his behavior - I wonder if many allergists are aware of the same connection but just don't want to address it??
Rebekah
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 4:58pm
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I know that speaking for me, personally, with regard to my environmental allergies, should I happen not to take my daily antihistamine and let it go for a couple of days, I'm ready to tear my hair out because I feel so crappy (and itchy).
There is also the question, and I know I have been asked this (not here) about whether or not the medications my children take for their environmental allergies (the daily antihistamine) could be causing some changes in behaviour.
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Posted on: Sun, 07/04/2004 - 9:30am
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Don't worry you are not offending anyone. In the DSM(Diagnostic Statistic Manual),ICD(International Childrens Diagnosis Manual) you can have comorbid disorders. For instance you can have Autism with a comorbidity of Mental Retardation. This is common as anyone can have a PA.

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