Is anyone else sick of being told by people with no experience that your child should not be on medication for ADHD

Tania - posted on 08/06/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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It took me a very long time to decide that my daughter should try medication for her ADHD. I tried everything, diet, fish oil, therapy etc and read up on everything I could before I made the decision that I thought was right for her. She has her medication to help her with her school day and her confidence has increased big time. She dosent have it on weekends. I'm sick of being told by friends of friends and people that dont really know us that I'm making a big mistake and should just be more patient with her. It has nothing to do with patience for me because she is at school, this is helping her relax enough to learn and concentrate. This is her future. I know about side effects but they havent been a problem with us. Do people think that we are such terrible mums who dont look into this kind of thing seriously before we give our kids medication.

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Angela - posted on 08/07/2011

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Tania, we've all been there, and yes....it is extremely frustrating. I've got three different canned responses that I'm happy to share: First: "I had no idea that you knew so much about neurobiological disorders! This is fantastic! I'm very open-minded and would like to consider all types of responses. So far, my child's physician, pharmacist and of course, I have studied researched and have quite a few statistics that support the decision to medicate. I can't wait to see what your research says!" A less snarky version "If my child had diabetes, would you tell me to not give them insulin?" Second: I appreciate your concern and I thank you for your support. If I need help in making decisions for my child, I'll be sure to ask you first. Third: (This one is for you) There is no person on this earth that knows your child better than you. You do not need anyone's approval. This is probably where I would start....why do you think you need their approval....and there you'll find your answer.

Take care-and don't be so hard on yourself! You love your child enough to overcome the fear, advocate for their needs, respect their individuality, etc. Many parents go through the motions of raising a child. You're engaged!!! Kudos to you!

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