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My 3 year old son seems to be frustrated and angry alot of the time. He head butts, throws and punches things everyday. Some times he works him self up so much that it flares his asthma up and he has trouble breathing. I think he might have some sort of Hyper activity disorder, but when i mention it to my doctor she says that it is just that age. ADD etc runs in my family through males. So what other symptoms should i look out for and who else do i speak to? Help me please.
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189897 tn?1441130118
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    Well, because ADD does run in your family it is wise to learn about it.  For your child, the symptoms you mentioned are not really specific enough to say he has AD/HD.  Two very good online resources are mentioned below:
      http://www.consumerreports.org/health/conditions-and-treatments/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms.htm
      http://www.healing-arts.org/children/ADHD/index.htm

     You also might try posting in the child behavior  forum to see if they have any ideas on ways to help your son deal with his anger and frustration.  That's probably one place I disagree with your doctor.  I don't think head butting, etc. is normal at that age.  Something must be triggering his frustrations, and that is worth looking into.  The other posters on the child behavior forum might be able to help there.  Also its worth looking at some of the other posts (and answers) by parents to get a feeling for problems that 3 and 4 year olds have.   If you do still have concerns after more research, I would look for a different doctor.  Probably a pediatric psychiatrist or psychologist.
     Hope this helps.  Please feel free to post if you have any more questions.
189897 tn?1441130118
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   By the way, I also should have mentioned sensory processing disorder.  Check out this site for info.   http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/
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