ADHD

Laura - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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If theres anyone out there that can help me with my sons medication.. he is 7 yrs old and is on focalin xr and its not working, he's always hyper and as of late he is having difficulties at school.. scribbling on his work, ripping it up and running out of the classroom when he doesn't want to do the work.. the thing is he smart and knows how to do the work he just can't settle himself down enough to do it.. so the question is.. what kind of medicine works? any other feed back would be appreciated... thanks

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Jennifer - posted on 05/01/2010

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I am ADD and I am an early childhood educator. I can't really help with the medicine question as it really is trial and error since everyone reacts differently. You might try also beginning to educate your son on his ADHD and helping him take ownership of it. There are several workbooks and programs along with councling that can help with this. It sounds like he is frustrated. I once mentored a young boy who was ADHD and they were having trouble getting his meds right, it was his second grade year (he was 7). We worked on him learning what ADHD was, what his personal struggles were, and some stratagies he could use when he started feeling frustrated or lost. It was a rough year, but by the following year (third grade) he was much more confident and doing much much better in the classroom. Part of the struggle with ADD/ADHD is self perception. You feel like everyone is against you and you are constantly doing the wrong thing but you really can't help it. Once you understand that it is truu that you can't help it but there are things you can do to make it happen less often it empowers you and you don't feel quite so differant. There are a lot of famouse and sucessful people who were ADHD!

Holly - posted on 04/13/2010

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not sure I can help, but I have two boys on medication. Its almost like trial & error with ADHD/ADD medications. bothe my boys are on Concerta and seem to do well. on different mg of course, but both seem to do well. My oldest is 15 and my youngest is 8. The funny thing is that kids with ADHD are very smart. My boys have been tested for learning disabilities and neither one have any, but the thing is ADHD/ADD is a disability. It also helps if the teachers know and understand the disability. For your son, maybe the dose needs to be higher, or maybe a new medication. Not sure I helped, but good luck!

Holly

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My son takes Adderall xr 15mg he was on focalin and intuniv he complained about his legs hurting and always had a headache and studdering a lot , I weaned him off and went back to Adderall since he was older the dr wanted to try it again, I give him Adderall xr15 mg and a fish oil pill and a mulitvitamin ,no more headaches or leg complaints. He seems to be gettin better he has a lot of moments still but the rest is learned behavior, it is up to him now,to learn how to make the best decisions.

Samantha - posted on 12/08/2010

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I have one on Metadate and my 7 yr old is getting ready to be put on Concerta.

Karla - posted on 11/11/2010

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I have a son who has been on dex then ritalin an now has concerta. he is 12 and on 54mg concert an also has a 10mg ritalin as this is quick release and helps prepare him for the morning session an the concerta being long lasting holds him thru till the arvo. i find that the rebound is nowhere as bad as it was on the ritalin alone an also if he has a project or assignment due he is allowed another ritalin in the arvo. I knw this sounds like alot but with each child is different. you really do just need to trial an error. But sounds like your doin a fantastic job so just remember your not alone. You will get there. : )

Jocelynne - posted on 05/09/2010

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maybe the dose has to change. has he grown since he started the meds? and my son is on methylphenidate slow release 36mg and he's 7. my son is now on aderall and seems to be working good. so far no complaints from school.

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