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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    We all know there are times when kids can't sit still or concentrate properly, but ADHD is a behavioural disorder that makes it hard for kids to focus on what they are doing, resist distraction or even control what they say. Read more →

    My son is not eating, and very withdrawn, no concentration etc etc. He has just turned 6 but he began to get fussy around age 3 and it has gradually got worse. The GP says its just picky eating but i am worried it is much more as he has strange habits around eating too.





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    My son is 15 years old, he has always been very bright and very open minded he always thinks outside the box but he is always hyperactive, and also he loses concentration quite fast,also i have bin told off his teachers that he doesn't really listen in class, he just nods off and turns around to talk,He doesn't have that much of a short temper but once he starts there's no stopping him he goes mad! can someone tell me if this sounds like he has ADHD? thanks





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    my daughter was unfortunately exactly the same and after years of researching - the doctors finally found out that it was indeed ADHD but not to worry, there are many medications available. :)

    hi im 13 as well and i thnk your talking about smegma it is due to lack of hygiene on the glans[penis head] its not a big deal but make sure he stretches it in the bath evryday and it will be prevented

    hi im 13 and i wet the bed and i really hate ive tried the alarm thing from a clinic but i hated it and its scary and ive had hypenotherapy and that didnt work. im also ginger so i get a lot stressed as well because of teasing. i dont what to do my parents get anoyed, i was thinking the cause could be lack of that hormone that i sore on one of the shows. please help me.





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    Hi Ollie. It will be easier to pull forward when completely flaccid. Just tug at it and you'll get there. Keep up the stretching exercises and it will loosen up and move more freely in a while. Premature ejaculation in your case is probably down to lack of experience. Be patient, learn how to operate your penis fully yourself, then consider sex and not a minute before. Hope this helps.

    my daughter is 26, type 1 diabetic, a new mum to a 5 month old, i am really worried for her, she eats properly, takes her insulin correctly but her weight last week was below 8 stone, she's 5'5".....i'm scared that one day i will lose her...her doctors and nurses seem not to be bothered about her lack of weight, but we are, including my daughter





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    Talk with a specialist as their view is independent and usually correct but from my point of view the main thing with any kind of autism is interpretation and communication. Do you get hints about the person's feelings from their facial or body language? If you don't then this could mean you often wind up in arguments because you have a lack of social skills that enable you to have more understanding and control over a conversation. Do you feel comfortable communicating with other people and do you engage with them? Do you have an independent streak? If the answer is yes than you should see a specialist. Even so, a diagnosis is not the end of the world and things only get better as you receive the right help and attention for your needs.

    My question is do I have ADHD the reason I asked this because my Dad has it, so does my uncle and tow of my cousins I aced a lot like them I get so angry sometimes I forget why I get angry and when people try to calm me down I get off of that I punch my dad kick out on teachers I`ve been expelled 5 time and send to a school with bad kids I am not a bad kid I just get really angry, playful and fidgety and I like to run around and be free I am aggressive towards siblings concentration he lacks, figdgets, on the 'buzz' most of the time when he gets up to the time sleeps, he eats plain foods, one of the schools called me obnoxious because I climbed up trees during school hours tried to pull me out, he cant read or spell had to call police a couple of times, smashed up the door inside easily starts arguments with others friendship peers have ceased except for 1! I attitude is low and direspectful all around, steels money if i can too and sleeps late cant sleep straight anaway





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    Hi I have had the same, stupidly I wasn't drinking enough, became dehydrated which caused constipation. When I went it was so hard due to lack of fluids & tore me. The fissure didn't go away like I thought it would. I then avoided going to the loo as long as possible as it hurt so much. The Dr gave me some internal cream & muscle relaxant... Awful I know but it really helped! Not completely healed but I've also not used it as much as I should. Don't suffer as it creates a behavioural problem cycle- you need to poo- you hold it in for fear of pain- the poo gets bigger- you cant hold on- you tense your muscles with fear- your bum tears further & your in more pain. Just see the Dr they didn't examine me I just told symptoms & was given cream... It really is that easy!

    Hi, I'm Amelia and I'm 16. I was wondering if anyone could help me. For a while now I've felt, not exactly different, but a little more excluded from people my own age. I've got a fair amount of friends don't get me wrong, but I feel and have felt for a while that I'm not quite right. I know from an early age, well when I was capable of fluent speech, that I was very argumentative and I have continued to be this way since. I've always been loud and always had trouble with concentration. I also have tendencies to tap my foot constantly and sort of fidget when forced to sit down, whether its for long or short periods of time. I lack organisation and I find it very difficult to sit down and work when I know the task I need to do requires a lot of thought or concentration. I also struggled and still do struggle to tell the time and tie my own shoelaces. Sleep has also always been a big problem for me. Also, I personally feel, without sound big headed and arrogant, that my intelligence is slightly above average, and I think it appears that way in conversation. Yet I struggled to achieve the grades I want at school because I am easily distracted and concentration is something I struggle with. There are other things I have noticed about myself that lead me to believe that I have ADHD, whether its mild or maybe more serious, but I don't think you'd want a massive list, so I've kept to the ones I feel are most prominent. I've approached my school about this in the past, and was immediately written off, being told that I was being stupid and looking for attention. I've also compared things considered to be symptoms with my friends and although they can relate to some of them, all have said that I suffer from it worse than they do. I've also approached my parents about my concerns and was again written off. We know 3 families who have children with ADHD and Aspergers and because my 'symptoms' don't match the severity of their conditions they just ignored it and told me not to be stupid. The thing is, is I'm a little bit worried. ADHD is not something I want, but conformation from a doctor or a specialist on whether I had it or not would really put my mind at rest. Its hard though, when I don't even have anyone willing to take me to get checked out because they don't believe what I'm saying. And I'm a bit worried that I've left it too late as well as I've heard its harder to diagnose in older children and adults. Sorry for the long winded explanation, but I was basically wondering if anyone thinks I have it and also if anyone has any advice or tips on how to get my parents support. Also is there a way I can get assessed without my parents knowledge. Any help is greatly appreciated.





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    Hi i am 13 and i am a bit like you clever but very eaily distraceted but my parents are the same to becouse they just laught when i told them i thought i might of had it i am also wondering if i can get tested with out my parebt knowing p.s where are you from and i will help you find a place in that area

    My son who is now 5yrs and 5 months old has plagiocephly 3 doctors we saw told me it will grow out or the hair will cover it and not to worry about it, so they said no need to do anything. His head is still misshaped is there anything we can do to still correct it,hope it doesnt affect him later in life giving him lack of self esteem or lack of cofidence as he has mild diaplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia to cope with as he gets older too Thank you





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    Hi Sarah! I have very similar problem but my daughter is 19 month old. I'm just wondering when we can get the reply to our concerns. Regards

    Hi my daughter has this too, she is 2 and a half. Her head is still mishaped, although doctors said it would correct itself. It has improved and her hair covers it. I was told that the helmets dont work and they are a waste of time and that they do not advise for babies to wear them. Then they tried to sell me a mattress to help take the pressure of her head. It gets me quite angry now knowing that these helmets do actually work. I also think that midwives and health visitors should have to advise about this...

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    I had a similar situation. I was tested for epilepsy after my mum brought concerns about my concentration to our GP, but nothing was discovered. Unfortunately for me at the time ASD wasn't widely known, so I wasn't screened for any such disorders. But now I'm a university student, and after a seminar about autism and Asperger's, I noticed a lot of symptoms were directly relatable to myself. Iv taken the AQ test 3 times and scored 40+ each time, so I'm in the process of seeking medical diagnosis so I can get help (especially with social situations and coping with my uni work). Assuming I have a form of Asperger's Syndrome (which is very much like autism but without the severe lack of intelligence deficit) it would explain a lot about why I am like I am, and help those around me to understand me too. My advice, read up on ASD (which is autistic spectrum disorder) and if you feel that you fit the criteria there or about for any of the disorders, and that getting a diagnosis could help you in any way, see your GP. I stumbled upon knowing about Asperger's and autism, but if Id known sooner, my life may have been a little easier. Either way, you'll be fine, but no need to struggle with anything if help is available.

    i am a bloke of 41 and so called normal, maybe lack some social skills but put this down to getting older, but looking back i have maybe never really intigrated too well. anyhow did the test and scored 31, did it again and same, what does this mean????,





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    A score of 31 might suggest some difficulties arising from having Asperger's Syndrome. I have recently been diagnosed with this and my score is around 32. I am 49 years old . I have never had a job , I remain single , I was not even able to cope with the benefits system, I have suffered from misdiagnosis , depression, I have autoimmune problems . I misunderstand people and get stressed out . Every body likes me and I have a high IQ and the imagination similar to that of Einstein and HG Wells I charm and twinkle and I only look half my age and most people think I'm even younger. I have dyslexia and I consider my self a autistic adult . I can even relate to autistic children and I have my own idea about what being autistic really means and how this could effect our future society. I am a way farer and I think differently . Fancy water world ? Rising tides ? Global warming ? How do we survive in the UK most of our power stations are built in our flood planes .Cold water is used to shut them down . A slight increase in the water table floods our power stations , they don't work .nuclear power ? They put them on the coast like in Japan.Wind farms ? I haven't even managed to learn to drive but I love trains .Thomas the tank engine ? How about recreating Camberwick Green .Windy Miller Except I don't tolerate wheat ...How about Moon Base or Mars Colony PDQ if you we want a future . .? Are you like this ....? Are you frustrated about our world and how we organise it. That's my view and I understand my self to be autistic . Don't be depressed though the answers are there .Clinical depression can be treated , autism is with your for life it is the way your brain works and how it views the world .

    Hi - desmopressin should work for children if they have a lack of the hormone vasopressin which causes the body to concentrate the urine production overnight. Usually kids who lack this hormone will do large wet patches within a few hours of going to bed and may wet more than once a night. If a child is only wetting a small amount and this is more towards just before they wake they may benefit more from a bed alarm. your school nurse or local continence team shoudl be able to assess your child. As a rough guide, children will not be prescribed desmopressin under the age of 5 and mayeb even 7 in some areas. children do eventually grow out of bedwetting but it is better to get it sorted early to prevent low self esteem and bullying. some children may be suffering from over active bladder which is usually treated with a different type of medication. some children may need both types of medication. In any case, if your child is wetting the bed and is over 5 speak to your school nurse and they can point you in the right direction. hope this helps you all. ERIC is a charity that has great advice on its website. just google it!





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    My 10 year old son tried desmopressin with no change in the bet wetting at all. We finally saw a specialist who said he may have an over active bladder and prescribed oxybutinin and this has made a difference. We still have the odd wet night but certainly a huge improvement.

    I know how everyone feels. I have them everywhere and I really hate myself. I can't look at myself naked. Refuse to get in a relationship, am ashamed of them and lack confidence because of them. Nothing I try works. I feel so depressed :'( Anybody got ny ideas?





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    To be honest if you have stretch marks you have to learn to live with it, I used to feel how you feel I've got loads. There are products like bio oil and cocoa butter that help them fade over time, but not completely. The only way really is to lazer them off but its rather expensive. I know its knocks your self esteem totally but there will be someone out there for you. Don't get so down about it, just get out there and dont be bothered by them or about what people say. I know you cant forget that they're there but try to ignore them dont let them drag you down!!:)) hope this is helpful ;)

    Hi,My name is Kate my head is constantly itchy and I have checked for eggs and nits but there isn't any at first I thought it was lack of cleaning my hair or a scalp problem but it wasn't and I think it is nits what should I do ????????





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    get one of the battery operated combs that zap the live bugs. If you find one, then you know you have lice. It will make a buzzing sound and when one gets zapped, it stays in the comb and the comb stops buzzing.

    Hi, im 34 and ive had these as far back as i can remember! but my daughter who is 11 has been getting them for a few years now but the past month she is really bad as she is now onto her 4th one and they are the size of a pea (garden not marrowfat) she has had blood tests but nothing is showing up with lack of iron or anything! so now what do i do? really need advice. i dont want her to be in this much pain all the time. thankyou





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    I've also had mouth ulcers for years and I also have a daughter who is really suffering. Personally, I find using a toothpaste with a high level of bicarbonate of soda really makes a difference and that anbesol (which really stings when you put it on) really numbs them and makes it easier to eat. My daughter was prescribed Diflam spray for a sore throat which also numbed them for her. I try to avoid baked beans, tomatoes and chocolate when I have a mouth ulcer - they are nippy!

    i have a 3 year old daughter that has a poo once a month if lucky i have took her to doctors and they have refured me to specialists and they say it may have something to do with her lack of weight gain but how do you expect a child to eat when feeling full all the time thought the constipation thay have gave me lactolose and she seems to became amune to it please help as it is getting to a stage where i could cry with her cause she is in so much pain when she goes.





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    Lactolose does require to you to really increase your fluid intake, because it draws moisture into the poo to soften it, so making sure she is drinking plenty will help. If there is no difference, try using Movicol, it comes in sachets you can add to drinks and we went up to 8 sachets a day for your daughter to get her going and she now has 2 a day to keep her regular, she has also suffered from birth as part of her medical condition, although this is assumed as she has never had xrays or tests either. Without the movicol or even if we miss a couple of days she can vary from rabbit droppings to huge poo's and it shocks and amazes me how a 3 year old can pass it out of their bottom!!! She also has occasional blood where she is tearing and also mucus. She has never had "normal" motions.

    My son had Hirchsrungs when he was just weeks old he didn't have a poo for over a week they told me to give him pure orange to help him go to the toilet but then his tummy was so big and he was grey in colour I was scared cos I knew that somthing serious was wrong he had 3 massive operations and he had a bag on for five months of his life he was close to deaths door, He not only had Hirchsprungs but he also had Toxic Colitise or whatever the name is for it when the tummy is so badly infected he was a very lucky boy and I have loads of great doctors to thank for saving his life xx

    my son is 5 and has bad mood swings from crying for no reason (he said it was because he loved me) to lashing out at children he bit another child at school homework is a real challenge to finish and even simple tasks at home IE getting his shoes can take four or five attempts as he'll go but then start doing something else and hes always fidgeting twirling and jumping unless hes playing on the computer or watching his favorite dvd then even when called he wouldn't even blink u end up actually have to turn him to face you he was very slow with his speech and potty training and still frequently gets up at night the teacher has commented on his bad concentration i took he to the doctor but she has said it just him being a boy I'm not so sure any advice please





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    hi i would take your son to specialist because my daughter had every symptom on there and much more if it is adhd they will give you medicine its nothing to be a shamed of and also they can help him mabie behaviour classes to show him the right way to behave and you never no he might be better in a bit see how he is and just help him as much as possible my daughter is 13 now and she has behaviour classes and medicine but see how he goes

    I'm 13 and I'm starting to get sharp pains in my stomach . The pain is on and off also I feel like I'm going to be sick. I have been trying different "cures" to get rid of the pain and nothing has helped . Should I go to the doctors or should I sleep it off ( even though the pain has caused me lack of sleep and weakness )?





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    I'm the same age and I've got the same problem and I've missed loads of time off school and I've been to the doctors severel times and they are reffuring me to hospital in april it could be a bactarial infection so go to your gp as soon as possible

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    My daughter has been dry since she was 5. however she contracted a really bad UTI, which was not only distressing and painful for her, but as a parent it was heat breaking. We took her to the doctor's and was prescribe antibotics - she has been on these for the past 18months. She has had a bladder scan and a MAG3, but still nothing was found. Could this lack of hormone be the problem? how can this be tested before medication is given? This does sound like it could be the problem for my daughter.





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    Dear parent, people often look in from the outside, they may judge you as parents or even laugh at your concerns....saying patents bring the heartache & upset on by not always being there for their (over emotional) child. Seriously this is rubbish my friend! As being in this loby alone shows the anguish this is causing! Things like help - 1 on 1 time can help. This however can be frustrating when U are begging n pleading for a little concentration.My only advice is forget the books and know your child. Attention and time help,but its no over night fix...I took my boy ice skating though fun at first it soon became a task! Enduring the Ups and downs we built some what of a great bond on a much looked forward to evening together. Him, learning how to deal with me has helped us grow together past all troubles

    my son is 9 and has always wet the bed. he now wears nappy pants every night. on a recent residential trip with the school we hid his nappy in his sleeping bag for him to wiggle into that night. have been hoping it would just stop naturally but after watching show tonight might go to doctor to consider lack of vasopressin. he is not bothered by it as i have always explained that it just takes some people longer than others. he strips his bed in he morning if he needs to.





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    this is the same with my brother, although he is 10. He will go a few weeks without bedwetting but then, the next few weeks he will wet. My mum and him have been to the doctors and they have said it will come naturally...

    My son is also 9 and he wets the bed most nights somtimes more than once. We have tried cutting out drinks before bed without success. He finds it hard to stay away from home and does get upset about it, although we have never ever told him off or made a big deal out of it. I just wish I knew if it was medical or just one of those things he will grow out of

    I have been grinding my teeth for years and years and now have substantial problems with my jaw and my bit due to lack of teeth and I have two false teeth that do not fit properly. Please help me. I grind when I am extremely stressed . I had been abused as a child and also in my marriage due to the fact that my husband had a brain tumour. I just need to find out who would be able to help me, I would like to be able to eat properly again. Thankyou Kay





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    my son is 12 now and can be at times aggressive towards siblings hes concentration he lacks, figdgets, on the 'buzz' most of the time when he gets up to the time sleeps, he eats plain ufoods, one of the schools called him obnoxious boy he climbed up trees during school hours tried to pry him out, he cant read or spell had to call police a couple of times, smashed up the door inside easily starts arguments with others friendship peers have ceased except for 1! hes attitude is low and direspectful all around, steels money if he can too and sleeps late cant sleep straight away everytime i try and take him to drs referred to camhs then tells my drs to refer us to social services i dont need them

    I'm having the same sort of problem with my 6 year old son. For a couple of months he was complaining that his legs hurt at bedtime and at first i thought he was just doing it to stay up later! I eventually took him to the doctor just to put his mind at rest. He was diagnosed with hypermobility. He has been fitted with insoles due to the state of his feet. He has the same problem with running etc and lack of speed. The annoying thing is there's nothing they can really do for him. He suffers pain in his feet, legs and hips but they can only try and manage the condition, not cure it.

    my son scored 40 we have been having problems getting a diagnosis of asd for him as he has galactocemia and verbal dyspraxia so they find testing him in the social outpatients clinic we go very hard. Thay say they are scared to label him with asd incase he behaves this way as he cant speak but he's 7 now and has so many problems he wont use a toilet either and only sleeps 4 house a night max. And despite having 3 consultants, a gp, a dietation, a key worker, community nurse and a social worker we get more and more annoyed at the lack of help he gets and advice would be great.





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    Hello my name is Hope I am 12 in April I have two problems I want to solve out the first one is when I go to the toilet I always have dirty pants is there any advice to help me and I have Dyspraxia it is quite hard for me with Dyspraxia I always forget things so please help me get through this problems thank you

    Hi.. I have a 4yr old son that has recently started at a new school.. Since about 2 and a half we have noticed a behaver issue.. He has paddys that can last up 2 3yrs, he has no concentration.. Can change from happy to angry within seconds,he not very nice to other children (putting it nicely). He has a sister that is 2 and she is begining to pick his behaver up.. His school have noticed it and called me and his father into school to talk about this, they have adviced a behaver chart and they think its a attention thing.. I do not!. He's very angry and it really upsets me, whens he's angry he says very hurtfull things, he throws things at me and screams constant for about 45minutes.. I'm at a loose end!!! Also when he sees another child he will shout,scream,make noises.. And he won't eat anythink dry with anythink wet even if on the same plate with his favourite food he won't eat it.... What do I do....





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    i'm experinceing this problem to i just do'nt know how to tell my perents or who to talk to like teachers but i'm afrade if i do they might say i'm making it up but i have i lot of simptoms but i'm not that badly behaved its more lack of a attention span but everyones simptoms are different and i'm a girl and i've heared that girls with adhd are more commen to have short attention spans than bad behavior which is more commen in boys but it variuse i would trie and talk to teachers but i'm not shour i might also have dyslexia as well but i've always found school very hard.

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