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Okay, my oldest is a very bright child. But she went through a phase of throwing herself down the stairs saying she was trying to kill herself. My family thinks because I have borderline personality disorder and have had suicidal attempts in my past that she was just acting on what she may have heard me say. But, I don't talk like that around my kids! Anyhow. I thought she could have ADD so I took her to her awesome pediatrition and he said no worrys of ADD or ADHD, that she has just been through a lot of trama lately and it would subside. Well, now that she is in state custody. She has gone. Woohoo! screaming yelling acting totally out of control and now I've heard that she has been diagnosed with ADHD (within 5 minutes of seeing a doctor) I'm mad. Because I don't see it. I mean, you don't just suddenly get ADHD like that, do you? What are the real symptoms? And are there alternitives to medicine?
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For my son, it showed symptoms really early in life. I really doubt your daughter is ADD/ADHD, but maybe more along the lines of Bipolar/Manic Depressive. I am certainly not a doctor, but I don't believe that she would have ADHD, as it would have had to been prevalent far longer than for it to "suddenly" appear. I hope you understand what I am saying.
Teachers, principals and others would have mentioned her behavior to you long before now. She would be fidgeting, getting up out of her seat, not able to stay on task, lack of attention, and always going no matter how hard you try to control her. I would see if you can get a second opinion. I did that with my son just recently, not for ADHD though, but for a mood disorder they claimed he had. It turns out, he didn't have it at all. I have an adopted cousin who was diagnosed as Bipolar and it seems like your daughter may have this rather than ADHD. I hope I was able to help a little.
Why is she in state custody? Not trying to be nosey, just curious.