Help...my child has become aggressive and defiant.

by Melissa
(Martinez, CA)

My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago when she was in the 3rd grade. Prior to a diagnosis, I knew she had issues with attention and I tried all I could in a natural way, but nothing worked for her so with the diagnosis I had her put onto Adderall. For quite a while, about 3/4 of a year, all was fine. School was going better, grades were improving and she was getting more confidence in herself. Here is the problem...mornings are a nightmare!!! She is aggressive, defiant, can't seem to control her body, makes funny sounds and just doesn't care what she says or does. This obviously makes taking the meds VERY difficult and we have screaming/crying breakdowns in the mornings until finally they go down (she CAN'T swallow pills, so the Adderall is in a bite of peanut butter). She then has to take a Omega3 supplement (gel form) and chewable vitamins (these are not such a problem). Within an hour, she is calm again and more compliant. She is very sorry in the afternoon when I pick her up from school...saying she will be good tomorrow, but I know that will not be the case. She sleeps well and is skinny, but an okay weight. I just don't know what to do anymore...I don't want to be around my daughter anymore...those morning antics just ruin me for the rest of the day, and since I know it will be the same thing the next day I just dread everyday. I have already taken everything in the world that means anything to her and she has to earn them back, but she just can't seem to do that either. I just can't deal with this anymore...does anyone have any more suggestions?

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Jun 14, 2014
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Morning were horrible until....... NEW
by: Anonymous

Getting my child ready for school was horrible. She would sing loudly and dance and make noises that would just irritate you early in the morning. When you would ask her to stop she would not, she was defiant to the point where I just could not take it anymore. I thought there was something wrong with her med's but then I started giving her fish oil with her multi vitamin and I could not believe it. Within a few days she was calm in the morning. She was like a different kid. I truly believe it has to do with the omega 3 fish oil. I ran out of the vitamins with fish oil and just gave straight vitamins for this week and omg it was the week from hell again. We right away got the vitamins with omega 3 and gave those to her. I would think thing swill settle down again. No way am I ever running out of the vitamins with omega 3 fish oil again.

Jun 27, 2011
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Wow! This was us 2 yrs ago
by: Anonymous

Hi, I just now found this website and am really glad I did. I am a homeschooling mom of an ADHD child whose 10 and 2 non-ADHD kids. Before we homeschooled my husband and I worked 2 full-time jobs and it was horrible. The morning were never calm or kind. There was yelling, slamming doors, tears. It was awful. The younger children were learning bad behavior from our parenting skills because no one ever teaches you how to deal with ADHD children. School teachers saw a lot of the ADHD symptoms in my son bc unless he was heavily dosed with Adderall (to the point where he wasn't himself) he was in constant trouble. Not getting along with others, not sitting still, not completing work, losing play time, being set apart from the other kids, etc. A lot of prayer and checking out parenting books went into my son. I could never find a book that I felt was useful. Most books are written by doctors who just see "patients" with ADHD instead of an actual mother or father that deal with ADHD kids daily. There are no ADHD support groups in my area and no one in my family has ADHD except my son. Sorry, to ramble, getting to the point, I finally found a book, a short, easy-to-read book, that has helped us understand what happens in the mind of an ADHD kid. The mom who wrote it has 2 ADHD kids and 1 without. She gives wonderful examples of how to teach our kids to deal with their anger and social issues. It's called "Heads Up Helping" by Melinda Boring. I found it at a used book sale and read it over and over again. It helps with my patience and understanding. I've been able to help my son and other 2 kids SO much by simply educating myself on the alternatives to teaching the simplest of things, which aren't so simple to my son. He's not blowing up yelling anymore, he's actually explaining things and teaching his younger siblings, he's getting along with the neighbors children and he's able to do sports too. It's amazing this has happened because aside from medication he wasn't able to do this before. It seems that all I've had to do and CONTINUE to do is explain things to him or show things to him in a way he can process the information. Praise God amd I hope this information helps someone.

Jan 10, 2011
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Miserable mornings!
by: Anonymous

I could have written this, word for word. Amazing. DO you have any other children? I feel so terrible that our horrific mornings are affecting my pleasant other child. My 3rd grader fights me and her and is completely horrid until we are half way through the carpool line. Then his meds kick in and he is lovely. At least the teacher and school mates gets the benefits of his nice behavior. I, on the other hand, don't know if I can handle these mornings anymore. The latest "rule" is that if you are unpleasant, you have to sit at another table while you eat. Also, no oatmeal or cream of wheat in the mornings. Too many variables of things not being perfect (sugar, cream, too hot, too cold, too watery, too clumpy...). I don't allow TV in the mornings, but I wonder if i should allow it just so he will be QUIET and eat his food! I spoke with his Dr at Dell Children's on Friday about the mornings, and she recommended getting up earlier to have him take his medicine so that it has a chance to kick in before the morning routine is really rolling. I might try that, as well. I would love to talk to you further about this. No one understands what we go through!

Oct 12, 2010
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my child has become aggressive and defiant.
by: Deborah Merlin

Do you feed her artificial food coloring and or aspartame. These chemicals can cause these symptomsTo learn more check out the feingold diet.

Oct 12, 2010
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Here is what to do
by: TJ Chambers

First thing you need to do is to educate yourself. The reason why natural things don't work is because they are not addressing the issue.

People treat natural remedies like they are medication (this is for adhd, take it and you will be fine).

Thats not how it works.

This is the book that you must get. Victory over ADHD

It is going to teach you all the basics.

This supplement changed my life and made me more calmer and made me happy instead of moody. ADHD Liquid Vitamin

Gummy vitamins are not going to give the vitamins and minerals that your daughter needs. Your better off not buying them. This liquid is amazing.

Look at what this mom said about it with her 5 year old son Mom's Thoughts on Liquid Supplement

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