Ilona - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 1 mom has responded )
Hi ladies! I have been reading some of your posts and I just HAD to say something!
As far as I’m concerned ADHD is nothing new. There were kids with it when we were little, they just hadn’t come up with a label yet!! People (teachers, caregivers, etc) were just more willing to take the time to DEAL WITH IT!! My son was diagnosed with ADHD in nursery school and we tried everything too. Meds, diet, etc. He is now 14 and he tries his hardest to control himself. It was/is hard, but he’s the child God gave me, I love him, and that’s how we make it thru each day. He’s probably one of the smartest kids in his class, but has real difficulty sitting in a noisy classroom and getting his work done. So, he takes it upon himself to go to the library at lunch or whatever it takes to get the job done. It took us all these years to get to that point, but now we’re there and he’s getting better grades, etc. Meds “worked”(we did that for 2.5 years), but I remember asking him in grade 5 how he felt about it. His exact words were, “The teacher said I had a great day, so I guess they are working!!” He was very sarcastic about it, so I asked him how he FELT…, “Like a zombie…” That was it for me…I took him off immediately! I think diet has a lot to do with it, but it is really hard to pinpoint what do cut out. I find dairy gets all my kids(4) AND my hubby pretty hyper, so I limit it. It just takes work folks. A lot of love and work! If the teachers, caregivers, etc were willing to put as much effort into it as us parents did, I don’t think the label: ADHD would even exist!! They would just be one of those kids who needed a little more time and effort…that’s all they really are! And I love him all the more for it!!