Rowena - posted on 04/14/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )
My son was diagnosed at the end of 2nd grade with ADHD. There had been concerns with his focus, and impulsivity since preschool, but I refused to hear it and I am a special education teacher. By 2nd grade, I pretty much feared for his life. In my family and my culture (African American) medication is a definite no-no. I had to see things through a different lens because he was suffering at school. We tried Adderall and he certain ticks and was very depressed which scared. In the middle of a soccer game he sat down in the middle of the field with his head down. I took him off the medication for awhile. Eventually, I tried Concerta along with his behavioral therapy and the results have been much better. My concern is ( and this brings tears to my eyes) that my son says, "he is not crazy and does not need medication to behave." I tried in many ways to reassure him that is not why takes the medication. I make sure that we as a family do not speak negatively about the medicine or ADHD but this is the opinion that he has formed about himself. I need help for my baby. He is 10 and clearly needs his medication. How do I make him see that he is not alone and not crazy? He is a very creative and smart kid. I really need help with this. I have even showed him many celebrities with ADHD and it does not help.