My daughter is 10 yrs old, and had ADHD and Cyclothymia. I think it's possible that she may actually be bipolar and no one has found it yet. She's starting to have behaviors that frighten me, and I'd just like some opinions from those who have knowledge of this.
She has always had the "classic" ADHD signs: sleeping issues, poor concentration, inability to stay on task, lack of any organization, cannot clean up her own room, inappropriate outbursts, constant talking/fidgeting, etc.. She recently scored some low depression on a questionaire at her peds office, we're working her into therapy for that. The ped told me it was normal for an ADHD to have depression.
Over the last couple months, she has begun to have seriously low points and become very touchy. Any little disappointment or frustration sends her soaring off into a crying, screaming, kicking, hitting fit. Normally it's kicking/hitting objects, walls, not people. She has hit herself a few times. She says she's always getting disappointed, her life is so bad, she hates herself/her life, everyone hates her, everyone's mean to her, no one likes her, etc.. Before this it was the oppposite... she was constantly "up" and cheerful and creative and getting into everything and talking a mile a minutes and smiling, now she seems to have gone just as extreme in the opposite direction.
Had a call from her teacher tonight. He was concerned because he saw some paranoia in the past couple days. She was saying that all the kids keep yelling and calling her names, when he said he saw none of it. He keeps a pretty close eye on her, due to her problems. She also started tearing up in class just because he looked at the stuffed animal on her desk. She plays softball and has told me during a few practices that the kids were mean to her and calling her names... I was standing on the field and none of that happened.
She has a psych eval scheduled for the 25th with her therapy center, but should I be calling for an earlier appointment with her ped or the center due to the change in behavior?
Thanks for listening to this loooong post!!