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Muddypaws
12-13-11, 08:48 PM
We thought my daughter had ADHD.
The specialist says not, that she doesn't show the external impairment (ie academically) but rather a lmost all internalized sturuggles.
She is definitely anxious, but we were putting it as following as part of ADHD, he says the anxiety is the root, which I buy, as he attributes it to extremely high sensitivy neurological (she is, to everything~ taste, smell, sound, texture, food, clothes, ideas, fears, Gi tract, eczema, sleep, LOL).

He *did* say that if he had to put an umbrella over her attention issues, anxiety, sleep, tendency to OCD behaviours when anxious AND a history of transient tics (both facial/ physical and vocal~ coughing, throat clearing, hummin etc) he would call it all Tourette's.

I think I looked terrified :eek::rolleyes: and he scaled back saying that "for now" until he has some direct history to go on over the next year or so, he is only calling it anxiety.

But really, it does sound like Tourette's, no?

CheekyMonkey
12-15-11, 11:21 PM
Just to give you perspective, ADHD, tourettes, and autism have a lot of overlapping. Many people with ADHD have tics or are also on the spectrum. It is very difficult to say what is causing what, etc. Your kiddo seems like she is on the spectrum of something, but what...who knows?

She technically has tourettes because she has both physical and vocal tics, although tourettes is like a spectrum too...she may just be on the mild end of things.

I don't know if an umbrella really covers this....I would get a second opinion. Just because she does well academically doesn't mean anything.....I was great in school when I was younger. Now I'm 27 and just find out that I have ADHD! Many people think that someone who is great at school must not have ADHD....it just isn't true.

I would get a second opinion. I would also consider having her evaluated to see if autism or ADHD may be on the radar. Don't be scared...once you figure out why the behaviors occur you will understand her better and have a better opportunity to help her!

Simenora
12-16-11, 02:15 AM
My son has Tourette's. He has complex verbal tics, anxieties, rigid point of view. He also has ADHD OCD. The Tourette's gets a lot more respect and compassion. They are just labels but in the end you will try all sorts of approaches to sooth your child's pain. The thing to remember in all things is that all these conditions are neurological and all have some level of management. Tourette's is not a death sentence but it is a guarantee that your doc will be diligent in taking care with meds so not to exaserbate tics or anxiety. The Tourette's foundation is fantastic by the way.

TygerSan
12-16-11, 10:14 AM
The specialist says not, that she doesn't show the external impairment (ie academically) but rather a lmost all internalized sturuggles.How old is she?

Just to bring another perspective to the table: This may be more of a girl vs. boy manifestation thing that her not showing external impairment. Internal impairment is still impairment, and the external may come as she matures into a world where her coping mechanisms no longer cut it.

Here's a site that deals specifically with girls with ADHD:

http://www.ncgiadd.org/index.html

Simenora
12-16-11, 10:45 AM
How old is she?

Just to bring another perspective to the table: This may be more of a girl vs. boy manifestation thing that her not showing external impairment. Internal impairment is still impairment, and the external may come as she matures into a world where her coping mechanisms no longer cut it.

Here's a site that deals specifically with girls with ADHD:

http://www.ncgiadd.org/index.html

This is completely true but it could also be co morbidity. That means that she has both conditions and possibly sensory integration as well.

TygerSan
12-16-11, 12:28 PM
This is completely true but it could also be co morbidity. That means that she has both conditions and possibly sensory integration as well.

Very true, Tourette's very often has an ADHD comorbidity. . . thing is, I wouldn't discount the issues that ADHD can play in the full picture.

Simenora
12-16-11, 03:45 PM
Yes but in my experience Tygersan my son with Tourette's and ADHD receives much more compassion and understanding than my daughter with ADHD from the outside world.

Muddypaws
12-17-11, 10:24 PM
Thank you all for your input. We were thinking ADHD w/ tics as co-morbid. Especially after reading the Nadeau book about girls and women with ADHD. The anxiety diagnosis fits best overall (daughter is just 6)-- especially as she experienced both bullying and unwanted touch(peer) at school, and jk/SK were a mess of changing teachers etc. which would be enough to set anyone on to anxiety!
I think you are right about the Tourette's label.
Really whatever label we put on it we still have to meet the issues :)
I think where we do see the ADHD behaviors is where and when her anxiety is high... No anxiety, the attention issues really die down.
When she feels anxious she is compulsive, can't transition, etc.

We know something is there... I think it is going to take time, patience and our pedi getting to know her over time to tease it out . Meanwhile we meet the challenges as the come :)

( I just wish I had something concrete to get a handle on!)