Amy - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Although my almost 7 year old daughter has been seeing a child psychatrist for her behavior issues for over a year and a half, she was just recently diagnosed with ADHD shortly after starting first grade. After a lot of thought, we decided to have her try focalin and it seems as though her behavior at home and focus at school has improved. It is very obvious that the medication is wearing off around dinnertime as she becomes very hyper and/or moody and difficult. Her behavior over the last few weeks seems to have been more difficult, too, as she has not taken some disappointments in her life well. My question is how can you tell it is time for a change with the medication? I think some of her recent behavior issues stem from stuff that has been going on at home, but could it also be an indication of the meds not working as well? She has been on it for only 2-3 months, so is this normal and how long does it take to get a true indication on how a medication works for a child? Any advice would be appreciated!