What age did you first notice the symptoms?


Posted anonymously, 10th October 2016


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  • My grandson when he was 2 staring displaying signs of being over the top or preferring solitary play. After lots of discussions with professionals and him escaping day care centers and not being able to focus he was diagnosed with the lower end of Autism as well as Adhd. He is now 10 and still struggles. He takes medication also and his school has been very supportive of his over the top at times behavior. My daughter however finds it a constant battle every day for him to take his medication or when he is suspended. If you think your child may have ADHD get it seen too sooner rather than later.



  • Hi there,

    We have a son who is diagnosed ADHD with a psychiatrist/ psychologist (I can’t remember which one she was).

    I would say I first noticed something was amiss when he went to Kindy. He was always very rough, played differently to other kids. He’s always been incredibly hard to get to sleep (still is), and full of energy. Around this time I noticed it appeared he was blatantly ignoring anything I asked him to do – I realise that is not the case now but at the time it was infuriating. He was diagnosed at 6yo in year 1 after further behaviours were exascerbated in the school environment.

    We weren’t going to medicate him, but he started having violent tendencies towards other children/ his sister. It was affecting his schooling so much – even though he was also ‘diagnosed’ as a high IQ he couldn’t focus enough to harness that ability. So he’s now on Concerta. He’s also caeliac and since the new diet his behaviour is FAR LESS (we take him off meds on w/e) obvious. Our aim is to take him off the meds completely if we can. Of course we’ve also seen social workers for some ‘coping’ mechanisms when he gets frustrated/ angry at certain situations.

    We find exercise is a wonderful outlet for him at home. If he chucks a wobbly we just put him on his bike out the front for 15 mins and he’s all good.


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