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PHQ | QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNITY: In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about the difference between introverted and extraverted energies in children.

 

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  • Skye
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    Thank GOD I discovered your podcasts 2 months ago! My 10 year old son was diagnosed over a year ago with ADD. Since Kindergarten we have been hearing the same thing…that our son was “different”…with guesses of ADD, ODD, OCD and possibly Aspergers being made by most of his teachers. The one thing making him “tolerable” to the school was his intelligence. Despite being extraordinarily talkative and day-dreamy, he always received good grades and scored well on tests. Over a year ago we finally relented and allowed our son to be put on 2 different stimulant meds in an effort to control what his MD called classic ADD. Despite his good grades his teachers put him in a weekly resource class to “control his talking”. After a year of receiving mixed reports from teachers as to the meds effectiveness and looking at increasing dosages, we this summer decided to take him off of everything. We then paid to have him privately assessed (a complete neuropysch exam) by a team of MD’s and Psychologists. He went through just about every test in the book (IQ, Visual-Motor, Personality etc). The results both stunned and humbled me. They all agreed that he is NOT ADD or ODD or OCD or Apergers. They all agreed that he IS a divergent thinker gifted in language and creative arts, highly over-excitable intellectually/sensually/imaginationally/emotionally and has a solid ENFP personality type….95% E, 92% N, 99.9% F, and 96% P. The one official medical diagnosis they gave him was anxiety and suggested CB Therapy. I immediately remembered your podcasts and was able to investigate his type more.

    I am writing this mostly as a caution to other parents who may have “different” children. What the teachers called my son’s disorder/problem has come to be his best asset and what sets him apart from most children his age IN A GOOD WAY. Knowing his personality type has further allowed his teachers to better understand where my son is coming from. It’s unfortunate that Personality Info isn’t taken into bigger consideration before diagnosing children with these serious conditions.

    Thank you for your hard work. I am now a loyal listener.

    • Antonia Dodge
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      Your situation is exactly why we do what we do. Thank you SO much for being willing to share! You legit made my day. 🙂

      -A-

  • Steven
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    I love the points about school, I agree with Antonia as well, great metaphor! If I recall my own school experience, I was very introverted in my younger years of school, and I started becoming very extraverted in late Junior High through High school. After I was out of school I reverted back to being extremely introverted, and have been ever since.

    I also wonder if this might be related to brain development? I’ve heard some say that our functions differentiate as we grow up in an order of driver/dominant in our young years, co-pilot/auxiliary in our teen years, 10-year old/tertiary in late teens to late thirties, and 3-year old/inferior from then on. I’m not sure if that is exactly true or not, but if it is, then an introverts extraverted process would be in the process of really growing during that time period as well, and I wonder if that might actually sway the results somewhat?

    That’s just my thought on the matter.

    I also have a young child who is very extraverted and friendly. He made friends with every other child in his kindergarten class (the other kids would always shout out to greet him when I dropped him off). However, the teacher and a panel of others suggested he had ADD or was a high functioning autistic child, which completely baffled and in honesty insulted me. After several months of battling against their rigid structure, my wife and I decided to home school him.

    He’s doing great with us. I wish I could stay home during the day to teach him more.. I feel like I’m really good at getting concepts across to him so that he understands how things fundamentally work and demonstrations of their functionality in things that he does every day. However, my wife is the one teaching him most of the time, so I only really get to chip in on the weekends. I really hated tearing him away from his classmates, he loved them all, but he is doing so much better now.

    I’m not really sure how to address his socialization needs though.. I’m gone most of the time, my family has one car, and so most of the time he is cooped up in our house with his mother and younger sibling.

    Thank you for the podcast! It’s really given me some more things to think about.

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