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Parents of ADHD Children

Child with ADHD and aggressive
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Has anyone experienced alot of aggression with a child that has ADHD? My almost 7 year old son has been having a tough school year, we tried 5 different medications in 6 months and every one of them made him more emotional and very aggressive mostly in school.
At home he is so sweet and helpful… he is no angel and definitely get defiant at times but i never see him act the way he does in school.  He is in a Special needs class with a lot of adult support. He is getting into trouble every single day in school, comes in class very irritable and is always combative with the teachers. He was suspended last week for slapping his teacher across her face and then made stabbing gestures with his pencil.
Its like he is a different child when he’s in school.

He has been off meds since 3 1/2 weeks now and still very aggressive… idk what else to do!!
We are getting him re-evaluated on the 28th by a Neuro Psychologist and are waiting for an appointment for a Psychiatric eval this summer.

Is there any medications that help with these behaviors for children?

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My kiddo gets emotional and aggressive when he gets into dyes.  Especially blue and yellow. It is only one piece of puzzle but it makes a huge difference.  Feingold diet and cleaner eating helped us take out stuff and reintroduce to see what was the issue.

Posted by Bd1974 on Jun 14, 2017 at 3:33pm

He sounds very similar to my son.  He’s pretty easy going at home, but an absolute terror at school. For him, I think it’s anxiety that causes him to act out.  He avoids work, hasn’t tantrums and flees the classeroom when something sets him off.  He is at a therapeutic school and we are trying to teach him the skills to handle his anxiety. At this point, we are only treating the ADHD with medication, but we’ve found that when his ADHD is controlled, that helps with his anxiety.

Posted by Sporty on Jun 14, 2017 at 3:34pm

My son has the same issues as yours & Sporty’s.  ADHD & anxiety go hand-in-hand a lot of times.  Stimulant meds also make anxiety worse.  Found this article recently that explains my son to a “T”.  Going to provide it to his teachers next year to see if we can try to get it under control. Also working with a counselor to teach him how to deal with anxiety appropriately.

https://childmind.org/article/how-anxiety-leads-to-disruptive-behavior/

Hope this helps.

Posted by ANMom on Jun 14, 2017 at 4:23pm

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It can definitely be anxiety, which makes me wonder if he’s been evaluated for autism as well.

What medications have you tried so far? There are two types of stimulant: methylphenidate and amphetamine. Individuals almost always do better on one type than the other and not both. If he hasn’t tried both types, that could be a wise next step: https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-medication-treatment-guide-for-parents/

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Jun 14, 2017 at 5:38pm

Our child struggles with aggression as well as ADHD too. We have tried multiple solutions, but he is currently on Abilify to help with the impulsiveness and aggression. He is also on Concerta for his ADHD. We have found that this combination works for him, as well as working with the school and counselors.

Posted by Ry'sMom on Jun 14, 2017 at 6:51pm

My son is 11 and is perfect at school but at home and other public places he gets emotional. His aggresion has gotten alot better. He gets emotional alot when he gets frustrated. He is on lamictal for his moods and on focalin for adhd. He also sees a counslor.

Posted by mckee on Jun 15, 2017 at 5:00pm

Penny,
Does ADHD and anxiety together necessarily point to autism?

Posted by eliz2112 on Jun 16, 2017 at 2:37am

@eliz2112,

Anxiety and ADHD together don’t necessarily point to autism. For us, the anxiety was a sign of autism because of the stuck thoughts and the emotional (and sometimes aggressive) reactions to the anxiety. And the anxiety stemming from sensory sensitivities, like crowds and noise.

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Jun 19, 2017 at 3:04pm

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