Frances - posted on 10/27/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )
I'm new to this community but we've had our share of problems. My child had been diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. We moved and he ended up going from a private small class setting with 2 teachers and 1 aide to a full time public school. At first, I just wrote it off as a problem with adjustment, yes, it may have been denial but something kept bothering me about my son. I knew that he was different and I felt like he had ADHD but before first grade it was not easy to tell as I know younger children developmentally act like they do. Anyway, the first, second and third school diagnosed him and we did an IEP at each school. We medicated him on 3 different meds but each one proved worse than the last. Metadate: did not allow him to eat, Focalin: kept him up at night past midnight and finally Concerta: made him aggressive. My son has been suspended twice at this new school and now they want to place him out of district so that they don't deal with him. I asked for Independent evals and the 2 docs: psychiatrist and neurodevelopmental both recommended meds because they say that he will not be successful without them. Intuniv was suggested as well as Addoral, Strattera, and Vyvanse. I'm just not sure how he will react to these other ones and I'm very nervous about putting him on, side effects and finally residual effects and stunting of growth. Any thoughts? I'm sure that there are worse situations than mine as I've read a few of these blogs and I truly feel like there is no easy solution to this matter. Are we doing the right thing for our kids? The schools that I dealt with act like meds are the only answer but I don't want my child to act like a zombie or lose creativity, you know the good parts when he's on them.