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Marnie

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 6, 2009
  • 01:27 PM

My issue has been ongoing for almost 19 years now. My daughter was diagnosed at the age of 4 with ADHD. The medications seemed to have little or no effect on her behavior. She had been on every medication for ADHD known. None was effective after a couple of weeks. After reading all kinds of information, I started to think that she was afflicted with more than one behavioral disorder. She has all the symptoms of ADHD but she also has all of the symptoms of ODD, and many symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome. On top of her actual diagnosis of ADHD, she was also diagnosed with Anxiety disorder. During my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with a non-cancerous tumor of the thyroid. I was very sick during my pregnancy and my daughter went into fetal distress during delivery leading me to have an emergency c-section. After reading about Asperger's Syndrome, I feel like the difficulty during my pregnancy and the anxiety my daughter feels along with her inability to show affection lead to a possible diagnosis for us. When she was a baby, she did not want to be held or cuddled at all. She would push away and scream when trying to hug her. Even now as a young adult, if I try to hug her, she leaves her arms at her sides and puts her head down and just makes a little noise to let me know she loves me. Please let me know if anyone thinks I am on the right track. I am desperate to help her. She cannot maintain friendships. She can barely maintain relationships in her family. She is 19 years old and associates best with my 11 year old. She has trouble keeping friends that are her age. She is also very socially delayed. Things that my 11 year old and her friends are interested in, she is just now interested in. On top of everything else, she has suffered with undiagnosed stomach problems for years. I always attributed it to all of the medications she had taken but I now see that Asperger's can cause gastrointestinal problems. Please help.

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