does anyone have have a child that has adhd and did they get them on the medication to help them?was

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CHRISTINA-CHRISSY - posted on 09/08/2011

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My son is 8 and he takes Adderall XR 30mg and Trileptal (do not recommend) and he is also on Intuntiv (which is great) I found with the request of his doctor that Melatonin works well w/ the Intuntiv... Alone Melatonin does not work well... He has also been on Clonodine (which I do not like) it made him eat all night long and stay up... they switched that to Respridone (I do not recommend either) and he did nothing but eat all night and make pretend fires (in his sleep) and so I had enough and now he is doing great!! Every child is different and it sucks that you I had to try so many different meds to find the right one because they all can be dangerous at one point!!! I wish you luck!!

Rabecca - posted on 09/07/2011

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My son was 5 when dx's with ADHD but I knew long before then and before he was at school his system when he seemed to show full force his ADHD . I was very scared to put my son on meds I love that cooky little man but he was a extremly different child at school he had anger and aggression because he was so fustrated and he wasnt getting the patiencence and understanding he got at home and he was spiralling out of control I tried natural remedies and diet somethings worked and I still do but it was not enough and his self asteem and his exceptance to other kids was basically nothing he was "The Bad Kid" all the while I was so against meds but I could nt stand by and waltch my sweet outgoing boy turn into a sad and discourage child I didnt know I had to practcally drag him to school he felt unsafe uncared for and lonely at school surrounded by people who just didnt understand him . It hurts me that I waited too long to put him on meds his self asteem was def effected he had to go through a few meds before we found one that works for him but its amazing .He has that spark back eventhough I think that yr 1/2 or so before we went to meds I believe changed him and not for the good he more unsure of himself and has a real distrust or adults and some kids still because of how hard he had it during that time before meds he happier more each yr and doing so well in school he still has some bad days once inawhile but they have been less and less each yr .
But the one thing to keep in mind meds are not a cure all they are a tool it gives them that pause to think things through to be able to slow down thier thought process to make good choices but in away the also after you find the right meds need to be retaught on appropriate behaviors because they havent been using thise skills in that setting and it takes sometime to adjust .And if the child is having side effects or acting like a zombie its just not the right med they all dont do that and they should not do that if you feel like its not working or something not right let your doc know likw I said we tried several before getting the dosage and med right but it is so worth it when you find something that does work .

Nicole - posted on 09/07/2011

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Oh, goodness, yes! I waited until my daughter started the first grade to medicate, which I still felt was young, but her school / home life was becoming completely unmanageable. I think the first step when you realize your child has ADHD is to start a behavior journal, right away. Writing down your child's good & bad behavior, attitudes and concerns you've will help when you go in for a diagnosis. Pay heed to others advice on this board, many have talked about how doctors are too quick to label a child with ADHD and try to "blanket treat." If you feel that your child's doctor is doing this, as always, it's a wise idea to get a second opinion...

Dana - posted on 09/05/2011

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I do My daughter was diagnosed last fall..they put her on Vyvanse .the difference is night and day...She is my sweet girl on the meds..without them she is uncontrollable.

Rita - posted on 09/05/2011

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My son also is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD. He has been on Risperdal since he was 2 1/2, but he will soon be 6 yo. He's been in school since his 3rd b-day--3 years of preschool with summer school and outside therapy, etc.
He's doing great, but I was concerned that when Kindergarten started he would quickly fall behind in his mainstream classroom (with an aid). I talked with his psychopharma and he put him on Adderal (5mg) in the morning. WOW! What an amazing difference! Much more easy going, no whining, good listening, not stubborn as before. I don't think it is a magic pill, but when paired with a well-disciplined environment/school, I can really see the difference!!!
P.S. He takes the Risperadal at night because it makes him sleepy.

Dana - posted on 09/03/2011

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My son was diagnosed at age 4. I was at the pediatricians for sensory issues (licking tables, doors, windows, opening fridge and standing with the door partially closed around him). He just about broke one of her medical instruments and she said he has it and recommended Ritalin.
My husband was not at the appt. and we met for lunch. He was not going to put a 4 yr old on medication. We looked on the internet and discussed the pros and cons with the pediatrician. We received a lot of flack for putting him on meds. Family said we just needed to "discipline" him more. It took a lot of years before my brother finally figured out that he really needed to be on them. Some people are able to behavioural modification only and it helps at school but my son is a 9.5 out of 10 in severity (our psychologist told us this). We still have other issues we're looking at and working on. It's a long haul, but I love my son with all my heart and would never give up his fun-loving ways.
After a lot of med trials we found one that worked for him. Unfortunately, he lost about 1/2 a year of school because of the med changes. He still complains to us about being a year behind, but we know it was for the best.

Abby - posted on 03/31/2011

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I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, my mother refused to medicate me- I learned to cope with it, I couple extra names on the board and notes home about sitting still and talking in class but I made it just fine- I have worked as a teacher at a preschool for ten years and have worked in the public school system too and have found that ADHD is extremely overally diagnosed. Many children can learn to cope with focusing techniques and altering their diet. There has been a few however (maybe 1 out of 10 diagnosed) that I have seen incredible improvement with medication. I would definitely explore your other options first and try before medicating, especially if your child's case isn't severe.

Kristen - posted on 03/28/2011

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My son is diagnosed ASD and ADHD. He is 11 but was diagnosed at 3. Yep, 3. It was obvious to me at 1. He was also medicated at the age of three which helped him start to finally slow down enough to learn to form works and begin talking. He was a child who had no stop button and going to the store to run an errrand was a huge challenge because there was no containing him. Although I do believe ADHD is over diagnosed, and I do believe that not every child who has ADHD needs to be medicated, I do believe it is all up the the individual child and how they can cope without it. There are children who are very active and able to still function all the way to extremely hyper and unable to function. My son unfortunetly is unable to function without just one of his medications. I did see there is a new medication out that is a non stimulant. I think it is called intuit. I saw on the tv. If medication becomes a possibility for your child, I would definelty ask about that one. Medications are great if really needed, but obviously if you can avoid them by all means try.

Chrissie - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD and mild ODD four years ago. He is on Concerta for the ADHD, but he doesn't take it on the weekends or during summer break. I can see a tremendous difference. He's able to concentrate and focus better when on it, when he's not then it is so difficult to get his attention and/or keep his attention. I don't think I even see him be still for a second when he's not on it, even watching tv he's moving some part of his body. Unfortunately there is no medication to treat ODD. Because the Concerta helps control his impulses and keeps him focused, then it helps the ODD problems, but he can still be quick to anger over the slightest thing. And he also has an auditory processing disorder. So even though the medication is helping him focus in school I haven't seen a huge difference in his grades, mainly spelling.

Medication is not an overall fix, but it gives us some help so we can work on other parts. Good luck to you and remember that you are not alone.

Georgia - posted on 02/05/2010

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yes! My son is now 24 years old. when he was in school the medcation helped him immensly. he has gone on to college and will graduate soon. You need to have alot of love and quite time with these children, but the meds do help. get a good doctor to get the correct disgnoses the first time! Good Luck!

Hilary - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think the doctors/schools are very quick to give an ADHD diagnosis. Sometimes children have more of a sensory integration disorder which makes them fidget, but they need to move to learn. Sometimes a child can have a food sensitivity which can make it hard for them to focus. When my son eats dairy his behavior is often uncontrollable. Also, a therapy called CranioSacral Therapy, which is a very gentle hands-on technique, can correct restrictions in the membranes of the skull, which can cause ADHD symptoms. It also helps with stress. Medication treats a symptom, without seeking out the cause. It can also have side effects. Do your research.

Anne - posted on 02/05/2010

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my daughter is twelve now. when she was 7 she was diagnosed with adhd. we waited to put her on medicine till she was in the first grade and wow what a difference it made for her she is doing great in school and getting good grades. I am a pro medication mom just because it is what has worked for my family.

Marianne - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have a GF who has had REMARKABLE results with MOXXOR. I'm a SW, and I agree that meds can help - but has anyone found a homeopathic remedy? what about brain scans?

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have a child that was diagnosed at he end of his kindergarten year and has been on medication ever since. We have good days and bad days. He's been on almost every medication out there. While some seem to be more effective than others, there's never one that seems to last too long. So we keep switching him. He is carefully monitored by his med doctor and family doctor. He's very petite for his age, so his dosage is harder to maintain. Talk to several doctors and get a firm feel as to what will work best for your child. I have also tried introducing healthy products in his every day life to help. They say that certain foods have a link to ADHD. Your their mom, do what you feel is best for your child. All I know is my mother-in-law didn't like me for the longest time after we had our son diagnosed because he was to take medication. Not to mention, she's bi-polar and manic-depressive! My son's father also has ADD and growing up his mother didn't get him treated. Good luck and go with your heart.

Sha'Vonna - posted on 02/03/2010

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I agree with you. I was a preschool teacher and did the same things for my hyper children. So when my son was diagnosed, I really pushed for his teachers to keep him in focus and adapt to his learning style. To find ways to keep him focused because there is evidence of his intellignece but keeping active is the only way to help him achieve academic success. He is doing remarkably well and impresses everyone with his knowledge at such a young age.

Irene - posted on 02/03/2010

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unfortunately, every ADHD case is different and so each child has a different reaction to different meds. It also makes a big difference on whether the attention is the biggest factor, or the hyperactivity. My son is on two different meds right now the second because the hyper level is through the roof. Also know that your child can "grow out" of a med as they get older. My son has been on meds for almost 7 years now, and it seems like every time he has a growth spurt, we have to change something. Be patient and ask lots of questions. Don't let your doctor give you something that you aren't comfortable giving your child. Afterall, you are the parent and you know your child the best. Good luck!

Anne, Or Annie - posted on 01/25/2010

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I can't believe how many of you there are out there. I have 2 daughters with ADHD and one has Aspergers Syndrome and the other we're still figuring out her other stuff. I love that there is so much support out there for us Mom's in this situation. I also finally put my girls on meds. I did resist for a while because it seems so daunting to put your little ones on medications that they will probably need for the rest of their lives, but on the other hand, once they get it right it's like a veil has been lifted and you finally get to see who your kids really are. It's like a whole new world. I won't deny that there are still a lot of things to work on. I actually lost a job because the school and babysitters were calling me so much because my middle daughter was so difficult to handle and it was so hard to figure out what her triggers were, but we have modified her diet and she's doing a lot better, and we also have majorly simplified her environment and it's helped a lot. It's tricky dealing with it, but once you get your child,... really get her, it get's easier and it comes as second nature. It gets to the point where your can see a meltdown coming, you learn to recognize the signs and you can step in and prevent it from happening. Med's do help reduce occurances, the right meds that is.

Anne, Or Annie - posted on 01/25/2010

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I can't believe how many of you there are out there. I have 2 daughters with ADHD and one has Aspergers Syndrome and the other we're still figuring out her other stuff. I love that there is so much support out there for us Mom's in this situation. I also finally put my girls on meds. I did resist for a while because it seems so daunting to put your little ones on medications that they will probably need for the rest of their lives, but on the other hand, once they get it right it's like a veil has been lifted and you finally get to see who your kids really are. It's like a whole new world. I won't deny that there are still a lot of things to work on. I actually lost a job because the school and babysitters were calling me so much because my middle daughter was so difficult to handle and it was so hard to figure out what her triggers were, but we have modified her diet and she's doing a lot better, and we also have majorly simplified her environment and it's helped a lot. It's tricky dealing with it, but once you get your child,... really get her, it get's easier and it comes as second nature. It gets to the point where your can see a meltdown coming, you learn to recognize the signs and you can step in and prevent it from happening. Med's do help reduce occurances, the right meds that is.

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2010

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When I was in ele. school my mother was called in for a parent teacher meeting, and they told her that I was adhd and I should go on meds. I got a swift kick in the butt and I never acted up like that again. Personally I fell that you don't need the meds.....



Stephanie...I would have to say that a swift kick in the pants will not work for kids who truely have ADHD. You are probably one of those kids who was diagnosed by a teacher and not a dr and therefore misdiagnosed!! Many kids have attention and behavior problems and have to be taught how to act properly in a school setting. That is the responsibility of the parents and the teacher. Children with ADHD have a medical problem that prevents them from being able to do this on their own. With my son we have known since he was two that something was up with him. We have read the books, done the behavior modification, done allergy testing, gone thru a bout of depression at age 5 because he was always getting in trouble at school and daycare, and finally at 7 years old we have started him on medications. It's a long hard process when a child has an illness - it cannot be solved by one single conversation with them. If that was the case we'd have had a happy easy life years ago!! We just started the meds but it seems that he's doing so much better!! He's happier at school, he's getting moved into a group setting in the classroom so he's not so isolated from his peers. I'm hoping this litle bit of medication (10mg of Ritalin ER once daily in AM) will help him thru his day and give him the self esteem boost he needed to make him a happy person again.

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2010

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My neice has a really hard core case of ADHD. She is on medicine and it makes a huge difference in her behavior. She's not as loud or hyper and she is able to focus in school. It really has helped a lot. I'm a social worker in child protective services and several of my client's children have ADHD. I finally worked with a mom who decided to put her children on medication for this. The benefits are tremendous and the kids' grades have improved greatly.

Mary - posted on 01/22/2010

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My oldest son has ADHD. We tried medication for about 3 years. He was on ridilin, concerta, and focalin at different doses and different times. The meds work great if there are no ill side effects. Michael did great at school once they got the dosages right, but he wouldn't eat. When he was 9 years old he still only weighed 52 pounds. That was less than he weighed when he started taking the medicine, so I had the pediatrician lower his dosage and got him off all of it. He struggles with some classes, but I help him with homework when he needs it. He's slowly growing out of it or it seems like it anyway. Medication works great for some kids though and if your child is really hyperactive and has trouble concentrating then I'd give it a try.

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My youngest son tried 3 different meds over the years until we found that Adderrall worked for him, but only at age 8. When we tried it on him when he was younger, it didn't work. One med made him paranoid. Another made him not only violent, but angry and suicidal. This was at 6 years old. Now, he and his brother, age 10 are both on adderrall, only during school days. I don't have them take it in the Summer or on non-school days. It just takes them down a little but they stay happy and themselves. It's been a long hard road.

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I have 2 kids with ADHD and both are on Adderrall. It works well for them. I only have them take it on school days because they are able to control their hyperactivity a little easier now that they've gotten a little older.

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son is now nearly 16. It took about 4 years to get a diagnosis and even longer to get him on the correct medication. It now transpires that when he leaves full time education this year, the paediatricians will no longer care for him and ADHD is not a recognised illness within adult medicine-- so what happens then??? These kids do NOT just get better when they turn 16!. interestingly enough, with reference to another recent discussion on COM, my son actually appeared to turn the corner and behave with all maturity and demeanour of a perfectly 'well' adult after a drastic measure---- dad left us!!! he immediately assumed his role as man of the house and hasnt looked back!! any one else found this?

Vickey - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have a Daughter who is 6 and she is ADHD and has Autism, we have recently put her on Concerta and it works wonders while she is in school and by time she gets home it has worn off. She has still kept her same personality just slows her down enought to help her concentrate in class. Her grades and overall conduct has improved, she even got an award for HARD WORK from the principle

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My son was diagnosed as well. I think it's more ADD than ADHD though now. I had him on 3 kinds of medicine over the years. One made him violent, switched to one that did nothing, switched to one that he was on for 2 years. I let him quit taking it over the summer and haven't put him back on since. I realized that he eats normal amounts now and laughs. He didn't laugh for almost 2 years. I know I need to be patient more, but for my situation, the medicine effects don't outweigh the benefits.

Patrice - posted on 01/21/2010

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My 9yr old son is ADD and we use the Daytrana patch and itt has worked wonders!! He was taking concerta but started complaning about have take pills so the patch is a win win.

Kenya - posted on 01/21/2010

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my son was diagnosed with adhd two years ago. he takes the medication adderall and he sees a therapist twice a month. the medication works because it helps him to stay calm and focused in school. i don't give it to him on the weekends.

Carolyn - posted on 01/21/2010

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YES MY 10YR OLD HAS BEEN ON MEDS FOR ADDD 4 A YEAR NOW AND DOES MUCH BETER IN SCHOOL .HE USES A PATCH CALLED DAYTRANA 30,

Yvonne - posted on 01/21/2010

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wow thanks so much am not alone....we haven't found the right med or dose yet i belive we on the right track..we visit counsels and he is on vyvas looking at 40mgs please keep me up with whats goin on with your keds...i need this thanks again

Tabatha - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son is 8 yrs old and his teacher thinks he may have ADHD but he is not hyper, he is actually very mellow. He gets really good grades when he wants to but he has recently started struggling with math. One teacher says it is ADHD and another teacher says he is just frustrated and avoiding math all together. Homework is like pulling teeth cause he wants to argue for at least an hour and wastes allot of time fighting about what he will or won't do. He has an appointment to get evaluated next month, I don't really want to medicate him cause so many of these kids who were extremly hyper to begin with are now zombie like and I am scared to see what that stuff would do to him cause he is not at all hyper. Any suggestions or support out there?

Sonia - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a child with adhd. By the age of 6, I had him evaluated and he was placed on Adderall XR starting with the lowest dosage, 5mg. I think my son is more ADD than ADHD, because his main problem was focusing. His teacher noticed a difference on day one, and I had not indicated to her that he started taking any medecine or that he was evaluated.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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My oldest daughter has ADHD. I tried many different avenues prior to medication. I made the decision to try a very low dose of ritalin after the first grading period of 1st grade. WOW!!! I was given a totally different child. She was able to sit still, comprehend what was being taught, her papers were coming home with 90s and 100s instead of 70s and below, there were no more emotional rollercosters and over all She was happy!

With that being said, I recommend research, research, research! Learn everything you can about ADHD and the different meds that are available and if you do not like the way your child starts acting when using a certain med speak up,(there are sideffect with ADHD meds just like with wny other med.) ask questions and don't be afraid to tell the Dr. you want a different med. Remember you know your child better than the Dr. I used several book and asked lots of questions and tried several alternatives prior to using medicine. The one thing I reccomend is Accountability. Prior to the meds and after the meds I held my daughter accountable. I let her know she had ADHD but that was not an excuse and she will be held accountable for her actions, and I make sure her teachers are aware of what my expectations are of her. My daughter is in 5th grade now and on the honor roll!

Theresa - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hi! I have a son with ADHD, He has autism beyond all the other labels these Dr's give out so easy.Yes, my son was put on medication.The medication will work for awhile but, before you know it your changing it! No one knows what med's really work. I'm not saying they didn't help but, I'm saying becarefull!!!!

Micah - posted on 01/21/2010

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Medication changed my 8 year olds school and home life. He's been on adderol for bout year n half now. 1 time in the mornings 10 mg. I hope you consider I know it's scary but imagine how scary your childs life will be 10 years from now if there's no help.

Helen - posted on 01/21/2010

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hi my oldest son who is 7 now has adhd. he has been on meds for almost two years now. we have tried two different medicines. some days are good and some arent. he is very loud at times and cant stop moving some times.

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I don't personally have a child with ADD/ADHD, but I feel your concern. It's a very difficult thing. I've got a friend with a son that had severe problems with it and the medication helped during school, but it wore off by the end of the day and it was a joint custody case where the dad wasn't so helpful. She wanted to get him off of the medication and we started looking more at the nutritional side. Believe it or not, caffine actually helps kids to focus more. It has an opposite effect with ADD/ADHD for kids and adults. This might be an idea to try before going to medicine since it is such a big decision. We used Herbalife products. He had a glas of NRG tea in the morning and a LiftOff later. These are both for energy and mental focus. He didn't experience the energy, but the mental focus was amazing. He also took Herbalifeline (a fish oil) for brain development. You can see all of these products on feelngreatmall.net. They helped him a lot. Just an idea to try before making the tough decision of medication. Good luck.

Brenda - posted on 01/21/2010

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yes i took in 3 grandchildren with add and adhd and god only knows what else is wrong with the youngest one . And i work full time 'they are all three one meds and for the most it really helps with the older two. But be careful on what they say to start them out on. GOOD LUCK

Juanita A. - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son is 9 yrs old and last year he was dignosed with ADHD and dislexia. He took meds for about 8 months, then he told me he did not want to take it any more at first I was hasitant, after a few hours I told him that we need to pray about that. Thsat night before he went to sleep we prayed and the next day he did not take his meds. From then on we pray every day and he has better grades at school, better conduct and he even got a special award for reading the most books at school. He's not perfect and from time to time I will get some teacher's complaint but the most important is that my son says that he feels that he is he.

Lenette - posted on 01/20/2010

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I am a stepgrandmother who is raising stepgrandkids. The last 2 that we had we diagnoised with ADHD. the oldest one no longer lives with my husband and me, but the 13 year old does. When he takes his medicine, you can tell a differance at home and in school. When he doesn't take it, he can be a horer to be around. I work early days and I am not home to remind him to take his medicine. I leave him notes, but he choices not to take them alot. He also sees a counsler.

DYANN - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son was diagnosed at 4 with ADHD. I immediately took him to see a neurologist. He went thru the complete testing and yes we was indeed...ADHD. Since I am a teacher, I put him on meds. They worked wonders. I tried the herbal and natural methods to no avail. He really needed the meds to focus in school. Now I just have to learn how to deal with his ADHD!!! Good luck!

Sandy - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have my 13 year old on Concerta after 3 years of frustration. I thank God we have finally found something that works. He is focused so much better in school and at home. I still give him melatonin at night to help him sleep through the night. We are a happier family.

Stephanie - posted on 01/20/2010

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When I was in ele. school my mother was called in for a parent teacher meeting, and they told her that I was adhd and I should go on meds. I got a swift kick in the butt and I never acted up like that again. Personally I fell that you don't need the meds.

Shannon - posted on 01/20/2010

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Mine has ADHD and heis on Focalin XR 20mg... it has helped him a lot. He is in first grade and his teacher can't believe the difference!

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Mine has ADHD and she is on Focalin XR 15mg...It has helped a lot. She has improved a lot in school since she has been put on this medication

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son has ADHD and they put him on Vyvance. It helps, and has little side effects. The only side effect for him is eating. He will eat good in the morning and at night is ok, but during the day he will not eat at all.

Diann (Deedee) - posted on 01/20/2010

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My child was diagnosed by his pediatrician when he was about 4-5 years old, and he had been his doctor all his life. He used a series of questionnaires the same as a psyciatrist would, and he had been a pediatrician for many years and seen many kids with ADHD. I could tell he knew what he was talking about. He related to me many behaviors that were ADHD behaviors, and it was like he was talking about my son in particular. ADHD runs in our family and my husband's, so I had had exposure to it. I have two nephews and my husband has a neice that have it, and we were used to being around them.

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Was your child diagnosed by your family doctor or a psychiatrist? Unfortunately I don't trust a family doctor to make the diagnoses because too many times I have had children come into my care (or the daycare centre I worked at) who was not actually ADHD but had certain behaviors negatively reinforced and either school or parent pushed for an ADHD diagnoses and medication.
A psychatrist will administer a full proper test that will determine if a child is even remotely ADHD or more commonly just ADD.
As someone who is married to someone with ADHD there is nothing wrong with medication. I can ALWAYS tell when my husband forgets to take his medication. He cannot focus, he can carry on a full length conversation with me and remember none of it five minutes later.
Medication is not needed for every case, it really depends on the severity of ADHD. Also medication always works best with a balance of consistent and reasonable behavioral management strategies.

ADHD is a real disorder. A sometimes over diagnosed disorder, but those who have it suffer greatly when medication is withheld.
Diagnoses the earlier the better. My husband didn't get diagnosed until he was in his last year of university. Children are more adaptable and welcome to the accepting different behaviour strategies then a grown up. Trust me, I am still working with my husband on this one.

Morgan - posted on 01/20/2010

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EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT! My daughter was diagnosed ADHD when she was in 1st grade. I struggled with the idea giving her medication because I understand that this is not something she will "grow out of" and my theory is that she will have to learn how to manage it. When she is in college, no one is going to take her aside and give her extra attention. When she is in the workforce, no one is going to pull her aside and cut her a break because she is ADHD. She has to learn how to control it! That being said, the doctor's explained to me that at her young age, she as not mature enough to recognize the problem AND fix it herself. She is now in 5th grade and is on a very low dose of Adderall. She does NOT take it on the weekends and non-school days per the doctor's request. I can see a huge difference in her; however, we also work with her on behavior modifications,teaching her to recognize when she is having trouble focusing and finding ways to refocus and concentrate. Her goal is to be able to be off the medication and control it herself. In addition to all that, diet is very important. I have noticed (especially when she was younger) certain foods would make it worse. Lots of sugar in fruits (we are not junk food eaters) so I would limit her fruit intake after a certain time of day. Ketchup is another one that is very high in sugar. Do some research on diet and behavior mods as well as a psychologist for your child to speak to during all of this. It is difficult because they get labeled, but it is harder for them when it starts to affect them socially. They have difficulting relating to children because of lack of focus and impulse control. GOOD LUCK! and remember that God gave you that precious gift!

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