Need advice on ADD meds for an 8 year old....

Brandy - posted on 06/18/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I am the mother of an 8 year old boy who has been diagnosed with ADD. I don't like the medications he's on. He seems like a zombie to me. Unfortunately, I have to talk with his dad about this and his dad feels he needs to be on it. I don't know what to do. Please help...


Rebekah - posted on 06/18/2013




The conversation should be with his dad AND the doctor who is prescribing the medication. Hopefully there is another alternative to help your son's functioning, whether its a different dose, another medicine, or additional interventions like diet and behavior therapy. It shouldn't have to be zombie-like or nothing. Hopefully it is a child psychiatrist or neurologist that is working with your son's medications, but if it is the family doctor, you may want to consider consulting with a specialist as I mentioned, as they have more experience and training to treat that condition.
You can also bring up in conversation what their thoughts are about a "medication holiday." Some people will only have their child take medication during school when the demands of their behavior are higher, and then go off it for the summer or on vacations. But if your son seems to need it consistently to help with behavior year round, like with social relationships, then maybe that isn't the best option. Have a conversation with his dad and the dr/specialist and weigh out all the options. Keep communication open and try to come to an agreement with his dad. If you both don't agree with the treatment, it may show through to your son and he may be less likely to comply with whatever the treatment is. Good luck.

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