Tiffanie - posted on 11/23/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )
I'm going to take my youngest to get his checkup today and while I'm there I'm going to talk to the dr about my 9 year old whom we think has ADHD. I was very against medication for years and in denial I think. If you look at the symptoms list it says the child only needs 6 to be evaluated and mine has 18! My issue is that I know this is overly diagnosed and I get worried about drug addiction in his future. I know that the stimulants are addictive but also because his biological mom, who he lived with until he was 6ish, was a big pill popper and pot smoker. I think a lot of his ADHD "symptoms" were learned behaviors from never really having the discipline early in life and he's a lot better than he used to be. But he is constantly getting in trouble in school because he talks out, plays around, gets out of his seat and he even got in trouble the other day for running out the class to follow his friend, even though he didn't have permission to leave. He is also getting more and more forgetful. He forgets to call us when he gets on the bus, he forgets to bring his lunch to school, or if he remembers then he leaves his lunchbox there (sometimes for a week at a time even though it's at his desk and it's bright red). He forgot a bag of cookies for his Thanksgiving party in class today that was literally right next to his backpack. I don't want to do wrong by him either way. I don't want to put him on meds unnecessarily but I don't want to keep something from him that could help him either. We have tried every form of punishment from grounding to taking away tv, etc.Nothing helps. He is capable of making A's and B's but he struggles to do so especially when he's learning something new because he gives up or he goofs off and then doesn't know how to do it. Someone please give me some advice!