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I found your Web site by typing in ADHD and requesting info for it. I hope you can answer some questions. My 8yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD when she about 5 yrs old, but we suspected something was wrong with her even when she was 6months of age. She would get really mad and throw herself to the ground and bang her head on any surface she happened to be near. Sometimes her face would swell or blood spots would appear on her forehead. We put up with it as long as possible until school started. .Kindergarten was OK, but the teachers noticed the same thing we did. Something was wrong.. Lots of anger, not paying attention, not being still , things like that. So first grade was the start of Ritalin. I have been told by her many psychiatrists( I hope thatís how to spell it), that she could be Bipolar Disorder. Do you think this could be possible? I certainly think so. My whole family is somewhat DYSFUNCTIONAL. I donít want her growing up being on meds all her life. But I do know some adults who are on Ritalin. Eventually Iíd like to see her on some kind of alternatives such as natural herbs. Iíve heard a lot about Ginseng, KavaKava, Grapeseed extract. Whatís your view on these? Our case is not unique but I would like a little feedback on this subject.

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Would it hurt my child as far as the psychological (sic) taking the medication only Monday - Friday and not on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays & Vacations? I am worried that this unbalance in the medication is not good for the chemical balance in his brain.

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We live in upstate NY and have a 7 year old son in a pre second grade. His teachers are trying to tell us that he may have ADD because he has a focusing problem. They say that he has problems sometimes following directions and may need to be told a second time how to do something. We have talked to my sonís doctor and she sayís that it does not sound like ADD to her. Why do so many schools seem to go right toward ADD when a child is having trouble in school ? Our son is a very calm child and gets along with other children in his age group and also older children. Could you give me any suggestions on how to deal with our school? Any ideas would be very helpful.

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