advice with ADHD

Karea - posted on 08/22/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 9 year old has ADHD and he has been on several medications and he has been on adderall for over a year he is on the highest mg there is int his medicine he takes it like hes suppose to but i isnt working i have asked his doctor to switch it but his anger and aggressivness is really bad i have four other children i dont kno what elese to do....

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Kim - posted on 08/23/2012

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Karea,



My name is Kim. I can relate. My son is 5. He has been diagnosed with ADHD since he was 3 1/2 (which I thought was a little early) but his behaviors got to the point I had to quit work because no daycare would accept him with his aggressiveness. We are still working on this problem, but things have gotten better. He also had Anxiety Disorder with OCD tendencies, Mood Disorders NOS, and Disruptive Behavior Disorder. He was tested for Autism, but when tested they concluded he did not meet enough of the signs to diagnose him. (which is fine because he doesn't need to be treated for something he doesn't have, but I think there are some other things going on with him that have not been caught yet). He is very aggressive and has had to have crisis interventions before at the ER and sometimes it is so bad that my neighbors have called the PD in to help because they worry about safety for me. (He may be 5 but he has a lot of power behind his 70lb body.)

My son takes a number of different meds for the issues that he has. (Abilify, Trileptal, Concerta, and then also Melatonin at bedtime to help him sleep) We have tried other meds and this combo for my son seems to help. There is also a special school where I live that has wonderful staff that are all trained to help the kids with these types of problems. In addition to the school we have mental health professionals that come to our home and we see others at the doctors office. They have given us many "tools" to use at home such as a body sock, and other fidgets for him to hold and manipulate in his hands when he is feeling emotional, anxious, or getting mad. I can give you links to some of these things if you would like. It does help.

I hope that things get better for you, I know it always makes me feel better to know that I'm not "the only one" who has problems with my child. There are others out there and if we all come together and share experiences, what has worked and things that helped sometimes it can give you ideas to try. I hope you have a good day.

Kim

Tamara - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hi Karea

My name is Tamara, I have a 7 year old son that has ADHD as well as several other mental disorders. My son takes adderall 15mg XR and intuniv @ bedtime (which is helpful) but he is still very hyper. we have said something to the doctor and he said to take out all the red dyes in foods and limit dairy intake for these things can be triggers for hyper activity. The doctor also told me to give my son a caff. pop first thing in the morning, and I was like OMG he's hyper now why would I give him caff. pop and that is when that doctor explained to me that a person with ADHD interpits caff. different than the average person. someone with ADHD make the brain interpits caff. backwards things that makes the average person hyper is going to slow someone with ADHD down. hope this helps

Megan - posted on 08/24/2012

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My 6 yr old has severe anger issues as well as attention and hyper active problems. While I don't always like the idea if medicating kids at young ages sometimes it is necessary. I was diagnosed with Add at 7 so I have a lot of experience with the learning disabilities. I noticed the signs rigr away and took him to a psychiatrist and she recommended that we try a relatively new drug called Intuniv. It is worth looking I to. I finally have my wonderful son back. He is able to come concentrate and manage his anger. His teachers noticed a different with I am a week. It is none addictive none stimulating.

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Kim - posted on 01/17/2013

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Tracy Makos I'm not trying to start an argument I'm just stating the facts here. I waited a long time before putting my son on meds. I did not want to but it has been the best thing for him as he is much more well behaved now. It's been a long hard road. My son has had to go through a partial hospitalization program because of his severe aggression problems and other issues.He is in therapy and sees a psychiatrist and psychologist in addition to a day treatment that works with him on all these sensory and developmental problems he has. It has all helped him so much and I feel like I have my sweet lil man back. It may not be your choice for your children but for some of us it is the only choice due to diagnosis.

Kelly - posted on 09/21/2012

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i do the same with both my children 9 and 7.the doctor told me no more than 4oz 2x a day tho,and watch my childrens growth.if it changes cut back on the coffee.

Kelly - posted on 09/21/2012

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go to a different doctor.it might be something else.doctors do make mistakes sometimes.

Shannon - posted on 08/29/2012

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My son was diagnosed at a young age he was just about 3 and half when they told me he was ADHD and ODD. Things weren't so bad at first. I must say I thought that over the years it would get easier. We would learn to cope with it and find things that work. My son is now 11 almost 12. And it has NOT gotten any easier. In fact it has gotten harder. He has been on the same meds for so long that I feel they are not working. He doesn't sleep. He gets up at all hours of the night and gets into anything and everything he can in the kitchen. We have bought lock to lock everything we possibly can. I have spoken with his doctor several times and it is to the point to where I feel she doesn't even care anymore. I sound like a broken record. We have tried everything. He is on a strict schedule, diet. Everything. I will say that the school I got him in to 4 years ago has been AMAZING. Best school In southern Cali by far. I am at my whits end here. I just don't know what else to do or who else to turn to. More than anything I feel bad for my son. I also have a 6 year old daughter whom we are now testing. My youngest I am pretty sure is ok.

Trista - posted on 08/27/2012

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I have 5 children and 2 of them are severly adhd one extreme to the other to my oldest is a male and he has the adhd where he cannot concentrate and gets very lost in his head and my youngest boy has adhd and bounces off the wall day in and day out it is very hard I understand what you are going through now my personal thoughts are just opinions and im not a doctor but I do not believe in the medication that could be the reason he is getting so aggressive and mean. Some Doctors dont really care either alot of them just want to dope your children up on medication cause they are not the ones home dealing with the child aka children something I have found extreamly helpful for my hyper child beleive it or not he is on no meds at all every morning he has coffee with me weird yes but caffine i swear by it!

Tracy - posted on 08/26/2012

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How does a 3-9 year old get diagnosed with ADHD? I could not bring myself to put my child on an amphetamine stimulant, ever. Yikes, medication like that at such a young age could potentially do far more damage than a kid being a kid, hyper, annoying, ect. I'm a strict parent, I don't put up with any type of bad behavior, luckily I've never really had to but I think the parents with their children on amphetamines should certainly try something else, counseling, behavioral therapy and change in diet, anything but such a stong addictive drug. Very scary.

Maria - posted on 08/24/2012

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My son is 11 years old and he's been one every single ADHD medication since the age of 5. I took him to counsling and play therapy and it works. You should try Focolin 20mg and 150mg of Trileptal because my son is calmmer but still has his issues and tendanices alot. for a son to have these issues and i have the same thing and its tough as a mom to have bipolar with adhd with paranoia and mood swings. you should try to find the nearest Guidance center and ask them to help you, because every parent wants to give their child the best out of life. Good Luck on your journey Karea.

Tina - posted on 08/24/2012

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My son is 8 and after only 2 medications, we found 1 that works. Vyvanse 20 mg & guanfacine which is like the Intuniv. He is so calm once the pill kicks in.. If you haven't tried Vyvanse, I suggest it. Good luck

Amy - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Karea,



My oldest son also has ADHD , which was diagnosed at 3 1/2 yrs old. He has been on Adderall for a very long time and it seems to be what works best with him. As for the Anger and aggression, he went through that as well. Three of my 5 children have had problems with aggression due to ADHD, Bi-Polar, and other mood disorders. We found that Risperdal works the very best for the anger and aggression. We were very shocked at the BIG change in aggressive behaviors from our boys when they were taking Risperdal. I would suggest asking your doctor about it and researching it to see if it might be something you would consider. It was amazing for our kids. I wish you the best of luck with your son and your other kids. It can be a struggle sometimes when you aren't sure what the next step should be.

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