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Boy twins, age 6.5: ADHD characteristics including anxiety?

Although each boy has is extremely impulsive and has trouble sleeping:
Twin A- Can sit still for periods of time, "holds it together longer when not with Twin B," has night terrors, is more "caring towards others," - he angers easily when frustrated, impulsive...
Twin B- Almost always moving, love bug, does not play well with others, very impulsive, anxious, nightmares, angers easy, does not follow directions.
Parents have rules, incentives, positive reward system, follow through with 95% of time-Exhausted :)
In Topics: Back to school, ADHD & attention issues, Sleep and rest
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Jun 30, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

If ADD is the issue, I would first speak with their pediatrician to be sure of the diagnosis. Signs and symptoms do usually appear by age 7.  Twin studies have not been featured in the ADD literature very much. Both boys need in and out of school evaluation to determine other issues. Remember children who do have ADD are like to also have learning issues, social issues as well as behavior problems. Ask your pediatrician for a developmental evaluation and ask your school for a child study team evaluation.  This is the time--early--and good luck with the process.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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