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5 Year Old Behavior-Is it ADHD or Bipolar or Both?

Wed, Oct 7th 2009

Hi, My 5 year old is currently spitting at school out of frustration or anger, hitting adults when in trouble, hiding when corrected, and tearing papers off the wall. He also played in the toilet at school and put toilet paper on the wall. He's always been a handful. He's much easier at home. I'm a special ed teacher, so, maybe I'm a little more understanding and structured. We are having him tested next week, but my fear is that he can go a good 2 weeks sometimes with little or no problems at school. Then out of the blue he will have issues. He sleeps great and doesn't threaten us so I just don't know what's going on. He doesn't have night terrors or think he can fly or anything like that. My question is ...If he is ADHD, would he have a stretch of 2 good weeks? It seems like he would always be ADHD, right? Thanks so much!

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