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09-15-07, 04:30 PM
I just discovered my ADHD daughter has been pulling out her hair and chewing on it. From the reading I was doing, I saw that it may be related to Tourettes' Syndrome (which my brother has). Does anybody here have any experience or knowledge about this that they could share? Thanks.

09-15-07, 05:09 PM
It could be an anxiety disorder as well. It's also an OCD type of thing to do.

Stimulant medications can exacerbate anxiety and any tendency toward this kind of behavior can surface. Since ADHD frequently comes with some kind of anxiety disorder it may also be necessary to treat her anxiety disorder in order to reduce the hair pulling.

Talk to her doctor about it.

Me :D

09-15-07, 05:13 PM
Thanks Speedo. She's not on any medication (it made her too irritable). I wouldn't doubt the anxiety or mild depression part. Man, I wish I could have passed on some different genes to my kids! I'm going to see my psychologist this week and talk to him. I was just wondering what folks around here knew about this.