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My son who is 6 (will be 7 in May) was recently diagnosed with ADHD. My husband and I suspected that with little behavior problems and not listening. We really noticed it this fall when he played soccer. He had to ask directions a lot. It appeared he was not listening. We had parent teacher conferences and his teachers told us that he was having major problems. He was impulsive, could not sit still, not paying attention and the list went on. Then the teacher went and told us that he scored extremely high on his assessment test, it was actually the highest score in his 1st grade class. As a parent i took this defensively and fought it,thinking how could a child be so smart and not be listening. But then I started to see what they were seeing and had to come to terms with it. I will be honest it was hard for me. I did not want to "drug" my child so I decided on not giving him medicine. We did all the charts and reward therapy but nothing worked. I saw that he was so unhappy and losing friends and he is 6 years old he should be happy.
We started him off on 10mg of Strattera, it worked wonderful for a few days. It got us very excited and we were just let down very fast. The effects wore off and he was back to getting the red card at school and not listening. We then tried 18mg and once again thought YES this is the right dosage. Again we are very disappointed because it wore off as well. Then we currently put him on 25mg and again wonderful at first then BAM nothing.... WE are so frustrated. My son is getting frustrated because he knows what he should be doing at school and loved the days where he got the green card for behaving. He does not understand why he can not control his impulses and why he can not focus. It breaks my heart he is such a great child. I have no idea which medicine to try they all scare me with the horrible side effects....
Can anyone point me in the right direction???
We have been going to a family doctor but we were told a psychiatrist was best??