Maketha - posted on 02/27/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )
My son was 7 when he was tested and diagnosed with ADHD. His experience is more heavily emphasized on the hyperactivity than the attention deficit. He excels academically. Has always been hyper since a very early age, since a toddler. My husband and I were against medicating but with the constant negative letters and complaints from teachers since Pre-K we knew something was wrong. With heavy hearts we decided to medicate October 2014. His behavior in school improved greatly however, the side affects were disheartening for example the roller coaster of emtions and mood swings, aggressiveness and inability to rationalize with him, which was not the case before the meds. He began complaining he had a"laughing problem" and I had no idea what that meant. It wasn't visibly noticeable to me until earlier this month (feb). By this time we has decided to stop the meds because it just changed his personality so much. I noticed it seemed he had something going on with his breathing. I asked him why he was breathing that way he says" that's my laughing problem" After reading about it I learned it was a form of tics. It's very consistent and occurs every few seconds. I was heart broken and pissed. After further research on the subject it was devastating to read and learn he may live with this(other forms of tics) for the rest of his life. Not something you want to hear. after coming across this website I immediately ran to the health food store and he is currently taking the probiotics, multivitamin and calcium/magnesium. It's been two days so far no major change but I am hopeful. It's not hard for me to conceive it's possible he has some major nutrient deficiencies since he is a very picky eater(not the healthy stuff). Plus we did have blood work on him before being prescribed any meds. we were told his red blood cell count was border line and his cholesterol was a little on the high side. We we were told to decrease his dairy/cheese intake. He is so strong and resilient, so far it seems I worry and feel more sad for him then he does. He has always had a out going personality and has always had a lot of confidence. He doesn't like it but he doesn't let it break his spirits. I keep him informed and we openly talk with him about what is going on with his body.