To medicate or not to medicate...that is the question

Shesta - posted on 08/15/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is adhd and has tourrettes. He is also naturally strong-willed. I have not had him put on meds because i don't want to alter his personality and then I feel like a failure if I do. Yet, I need some relief. He tortures everyone in the house and chaos has put me on the meds..literally. The other children in the home are greatly stressed too. It isn't the Tourettes that I can't handle, also there isn't a cure for that, but the adhd and the impulsiveness to irritate and cause trouble from the time he awakes til the time he goes to bed is unbearable. Please advice is so appreciated.

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Leslie - posted on 08/15/2011

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I have ADD and learning disabilities. My mom gave me pop to calm my energy down and it still works to this day. give it a try it might help. my mom did not wait to put me on pills either in fact I won't take them.

Rita - posted on 08/15/2011

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Unfortunately most of the meds for ADHD will severey aggervate the tic's in tourettes. If life is unbearable with out intervention, it sounds like intervention is necessary. If not for the struggling child, but for his sibblings. You are raising all of them, and it is not fair to the others. My oldest child has ridiculous & unsafe(at times ) behavior. the best thing I decided to do was medicate him. it took several meds to find the right one...but I am so very thankful that we tried. Life was unbearable off the meds.

Susan - posted on 08/15/2011

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Hi Shesta, I also had a child with adhd. He was the only one of my six children to have it. I agonized over medicating him, especially as my mother was dead set against it. I had some frank discussions with his pediatrician. His pediatrician asked me if I would expect my child to be able to focus on the black board from the back of the class without his glasses on. I said "no". Then he said to think of the medication as glasses for the brain to help it focus. He assured me we could stop the med's at anytime. Trying was not a long term commitment. So we started on the lowest dose, one time in the morning. He didn't like how he felt but his grades went from D's to B's so he obviously couldn't learn without it. We changed med's and he felt better but lost weight, so we cut that one little pill in half and he did great through the school day. After school I just let him be himself and we skipped summer too. Every year he asked not to go on it, and I said if he could get the grades without it we wouldn't, but year after year after a few weeks we went back on it. Finally in high school, he tried it without the med's, did fine in regular classes and never went on it again. Today he is an accountant. I hope this story has helped you.

Kristine - posted on 08/15/2011

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Have you tried some sessions witha child psychologist? They cannot prescribe medications(a psychiatrist or family doctor could). I have a friend whose child has Aspbergers and ADHD and she's noticed quite an improvement in his behaviour since beginning counselling with him. Maybe also try going to a nutritionist or naturopath and going over any foods that could be aggravating this issue. There may also be supplements he could take to help him focus like fish oils. Best of luck!

Angie - posted on 08/15/2011

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If you haven't already, look into his diet. Some coloring causes reactions with adhd kids, and some things like fish oils , I heard, help with them focusing better. I have 1 child with adhd, and another with tourettes, and so far through diet and behavior correction we have not had to medicate either. Also a book that helped me was "Teaching the Tiger" which was written more for teachers, but really opened my eyes to what they were going through. Hope that helps and good luck!

Pamela - posted on 08/15/2011

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I do not know a lot about this... But could you try the meds for a month or so & see how he does? If all is not well, then perhaps you could slowly reduce the dose until he's off?

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