DEAR DEIDRE: MY daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and is on medication but I am struggling to cope.
Her teachers insist she is fine at school, but she has meltdowns as soon as she gets home. She just explodes.
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I’m 36 and she’s seven. The smallest things trigger her – it could be a simple word or if she’s asked to do something.
She becomes angry and aggressive. She bites me and pulls my hair, kicks walls and slams doors.
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I think she may also have ODD, oppositional defiant disorder.
I don’t know what to do to lessen these angry outbursts. It’s hard to take her out when she behaves like this.
DEIDRE SAYS: It is important to remember that a child with ADHD cannot help their behaviour.
Watch for warning signs. If your daughter looks like she’s becoming frustrated, overstimulated and about to lose self-control, intervene by distracting her and, if possible, taking her away from the situation.
You are doing your best by her but more support will help you both.
The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (addiss.org.uk) can help you understand her behaviour better.