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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Rae - posted on 01/16/2010
I have three boys all on meds....but you also have to teach strategies to control impulsivity and to focus. It takes a while to find the best med and the correct dosage, so be patient.
Also-I do not have them take it when they are not in school
Annette - posted on 01/16/2010
My son has ADHD -new it from day one-anyway!! took him to therapists and psychologisists. 7 is when we tried risperdol, ritalin ,and like 10 others. Adderral-was the best-no staring into space, kept his attention, made him think before he did something-helped with good desicions. his grades went from d's and f's to b's,and got into trouble less.
Amanda - posted on 01/16/2010
My best Friends 8 yr daughter has ADD and instead of medication she talked to her doctor and they discussed diet and excercise such as dance class and softball to see if it will control it, Just like migraine headaches some foods can trigger outbursts of energy in kids withh ADD. I am not against meds for it but its worth a try,,,
Deidra - posted on 01/16/2010
I don't always give him the medication because I don't want him to have to have it. I want him to learn to control his impulsive behaviors without it but his impulsivity can interfere with his learning. Along with ADD he has a behavioral disorder that also contributes to his issues in school as well as the ones at home. I prefer for him to have issues at home than at school, so just give him the medication. I have also heard that they can grow out of this disorder as they grow older but action must be taken as soon as it is detected. They may also need counseling to help them to figure out ways to deal with it and to understand whats going on with them along with lots of love. Essentially, you need to do whats best for your child, yourself, and your family. Good luck!
Helen - posted on 01/16/2010
My son started on medication when he was 6. We tried Stratera first and it helped with focusing but not impulses. We switched him to Adderall and are still working on the mgs. They should always start at the lowest and work up. The medications affect different level so depending on your child one family of drugs may work better than the other. You won't know which meds will work until you try them. I took my son to a psychologist who specializes in ADHD/ADD. We see him once a week to track my sons behavior, side effects, etc and reports to the pediatrician if there are changes. You have to be your own advocate. Trust your instincts. The first well renowned child neurologist told me not to give him meds until he was 7 or 8. He was 4 at the time. But he was getting suspended from kindergarten, losing class/education time and not making any friends because they were put off by his behavior. Then he wanted to put him on high blood pressure medication to make him tired and less likely to be impulsive. I stayed up all night making sure my son did not stop breathing and never gave it to him again. We got another opinion and have been doing much better. It is like night and day. My son is happier, smiles a lot more and he is making friends. Meds are not for everyone but trust your intuition if it makes sense for your child or not.
Lisa - posted on 01/16/2010
My son was diagnoised with ADHD though he is not hyper active just had trouble concentrating in school. We tried 2 different medications and did not feel that they made a difference. But the side effects were significant. He completely lost his appetite and we have trouble getting him to eat at all. Now my son's situation may be different than yours. He is unable to swallow pills so we had to use a capsule type and open them and mix them with food or liquid.
Sonya - posted on 01/16/2010
Please be cautious when deciding to use medication! My son was diagnosed with ADHD but not put on medication! He has been getting better since diagnosed in 2nd grade and now in 6th grade. Personally I think the diagnosis is used to freely and classroom structure need not be so rigid. It has been proven that children with ADD and ADHD often grow out of their problems as they get older but medications prevent that and then they forever have a problem. I know that some children need medicaton in cases where they can not accomplish things but if the severity of their behaviors are not impeding their progress then you may not want to use medications.
Judy - posted on 01/16/2010
Post a reply! I have a son that is adhd! It was not until he was in the second grade that i had him put on medication.I found a doctor that was a pediactric nureologist.the doctor started out with a small dose of dexadrine,and gradually got my son up to the dose he needed.My son eventually got to where he knew he needed an increase in medication,and would tell me. He is now on Adderall,and has been on the same doseage for 3 years.My son the first nine weeks of being on the medicine,went from f's to a's in school.My son is a senior this year,and is still doing great in school. Since I have put him on medication I have peace and quiet.
Charity - posted on 01/16/2010
when it came to diagnosing my children it was a bit easier with my secind and third after it was shown that my first had it, but it usually takes one to two appts with the psychiatrist before they are willing to decide and there are a couple of assesment questionaires that the psychiatrist will have you and the teacher fill out prior to the first appointment so that they can get a bit of insight into his routine and behaviors on a daily basis. Ask your regular physician to give you a referral to a child psychiatrist for an evaluation.
Crystal - posted on 01/15/2010
my son has adhd and was just dianosed with bi-polar three years ago. he has been on medication for his adhd since he was 6 he is now 11. just watch what meds they put your child on and the dosage. we did not have a good experience with going to a regular doctor when we put him on meds for the first time but when we went and saw a psychiarist (sp?) we had better experience. and he has seen her since he was 6 and still sees the same one. She watches the dosages she gives him and watches the side effects and sees if the medicine is really helping by his actions and behaviors. She also shows him what his medicine looks like before giving it to him so he knows what it looks like so nobody can give him the wrong medicine and she helps him deal with having adhd and bi-polar ( this is really important because this is one of the big things we were dealing with).
Tracey - posted on 01/15/2010
thank you for responding to my question. i was just wondering how long did it take before they actually decided to put him a medication and was he dignosed with both at the same time because sometimes i feel like i'm going to go crazy but i just think that it's not his fault and take a deep breath.I know its been hard with school as well.
Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2010
Medication is good for children with ADHD. Now, before putting your child on meds get more than one doctor's opinion on whether it is ADHD. Also don't go with just meds, have your child see a child psychiatrist for way to cope with his ADHD. This works wonders! They will teach him skills that will help him for a lifetime.
Amy - posted on 01/14/2010
My son has autism and adhd and he was put on risperdal last year. It was such a dramatic change. The outbursts were less and he was more manageable and calmer. He now is able to focus in school and he has started to talk some. He is much calmer. The dosage is small and the only side effect is a slightly larger appetite. I did not want to put him on medicine but we were at our wits end trying to deal with it on our own. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any more questions I would be glad to help. My son is now 6 and he still has his moments but is a lot better than he used to be.