ADHD Meds or no Meds

Joshlynn - posted on 11/26/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 12 yr old with ADHD He his been on meds for 4 years. Lately I have notice his personality has completely changed I no longer recognize this kid. He is withdrawn and very anxious. I am considering taking him off meds. I do not want to be considered a bad parent for not treating his medical condition but I do not know anyone who has chosen not to medicate. What are the cons of not medicating? are their other options

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Rebekah - posted on 11/26/2013

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This is a question for his doctor. If he's been on meds for 4 years and only recently you've seen a change, there may be other things going on that account for that. Possible depression or anxiety issues separate from the ADHD? He is entering puberty...what is happening with his peers? Is he in counseling? Rather than a family doctor, try to have him evaluated by a child psychologist/psychiatrist to help determine what might be the effects of meds versus something separate going on with him.

I'm sure there are other interventions (natural, behavioral) that other parents use to help their kids manage their ADHD, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Its good to try different things, but I'd caution you against just stopping the meds altogether without other things in place. You started him on meds for a reason...his condition must have been disruptive enough in his school work or social relationships to warrant taking that step. If you stop, he may have a return to those kinds of difficulties again unless you have some other measures in place. I've heard of some parents giving their kids a "medication holiday" over summer breaks, for example, when they are free from the demands of school that require them to be at their behavioral best. If there is a sensible time to do that, perhaps you could see how he does without medication for a time... maybe it will help you see if he is still benefiting from meds, or if there is a noticeable change in personality/mood without it, etc. But whatever you choose to do, I'd encourage you to consult with the dr about his dosage, questions, whatever... to see what he/she advises.

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