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Is my 2 year old adhd? i have a 2 1/2 yr old son he has some symptoms i think may be adhd it runs in my family my mother has 7 kids she says he ismt normal so to speak when we go into a store especially the freezer aisle he has to touch and open every

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Attention : Attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder can be a difficult diagnosis to make - especially in a child who is not yet school-aged. Other problems such as inadequate sleep, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety and depression can also appear to have the same symptoms of adhd. You should discuss your concerns about your child's behavior with your child's doctor. Because he is so young, they may send you to a child psychiatrist for a more thorough evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Symptoms of Early-: Onset adhd begin ~ 2 1/2. Adhd is highly heritable. Neurotypical toddlers & pre-schoolers can have very short attention spans, so perstently disruptive, hyperactive/impulsive behaviors usually prompt referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Behavioral therapy, behavioral management training for parents, & early intervention (education) can significantly alter the clinical course.

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