Lea9 asks:

Is there a known incidence of children with adhd having precocious puberty or any other nervous system disorder?

From October 2007: "more of a question...is there a known incidence of children with adhd and having precociuos puberty or any other nervous system disorder?"
I have the same question. My son is 7 years old, is showing signs of precocious puberty, and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. He did not used to have any ADHD behaviors. These behaviors are a new development over the last year or so. We are NOT going to medicate him for ADHD. We would like to get to the root of the problem and resolve it, not mask the symptoms. Anyone else have this experience with their children?
In Topics: ADHD & attention issues
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Mar 11, 2008
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What the Expert Says:

As far as I know, there is NOT an established connection between early or precocious puberty and ADHD. However, there is a great deal of research to link early puberty with different kinds of behavioral and emotional problems. That is, many children who experience pubertal development earlier than their peers are more likely to experiment with drinking and substance use, exhibit higher rates of depression, anxiety, and acting out behavior.

That said, you are still dealing with the reality of a seven-year-old demonstrating signs of precocious puberty and ADHD. Some research shows that a combination of medication and nonpharmacological treatments (behavioral) is most effective for managing ADHD symptoms, but there is certainly evidence that behavioral methods on their own can be almost as efficacious.

You should consider working with the clinician who diagnosed your son to develop a behavior modification or management program to help your son manage his symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity. Identify specific behaviors that you would like to change and reward him each time he exhibits the positive behavior you wish to have. Many parents use charts or calendars with stickers to document their progress.

In addition, it is often useful to have a structured and consistent schedule for children with ADHD. That is, meals should be at the same time each day. What happens before and after meals should also remain consistent. When changes are coming, your son should be provided with several warnings before the transition.

Finally, you should schedule time with your son to engage in positive, free-play time. Spend twenty minutes several times of week playing with your son in an activity of his choosing. This is a time where there is no judgment or critique. Just play and be in the moment with your son. Research shows this time is very beneficial for building the parent-child relationship that can often get splintered because of the constant complaining and cajoling that occurs with the misbehavior of ADHD children. For more on this, you should take a look at the book by Russell Barkley, "Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents."

Also, for more on ADHD, see the following section of this website:

Good luck!

L. Compian, Ph.D.
Education.com Team

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um_3lawi writes:
Dear Lea9 my son is 7 and was diagnosed with ADHD 3 years ago. Recently I noticed signs of precocious puberty that are bad axilla odor and acne. I was wondering if there is a link between both conditions. I didnt refer him to any physicians yet
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