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Grandson with ADHD
An_191218 posted:
I would love some advice.
My grandchildren are living with me due to their Moms death. They are 8 and 10 yo.
The 8 yr old is diagnosed with ADHD. He is extremely bright, good grades, many friends. So he is mostly hyper at times and I see him exhibit grumpy behavior or rude behavior at times. He is taking intuit 2x daily.
The psychiatrist just talks with me and writes script. 300.00
I know nothing about this disease as I am 60 and trying to understand. Otherwise 85% he is loving and a great young man/
Any advice.
I have an appt with a child neurologist in Jan, what do you think?
He has no contact with Father but loves us dearly and knows this is home forever.
Help Grandy in AZ
momuv4girls responded:
I think it is irresponsible for a psychiatrist to medicate a child without visiting with them every month.

My daughter sees a child psychiatrist, and every month we go see her for med check-ups. The Dr. sees me for the first part of the visit, then sees my daughter alone for a good 30 minutes, then wraps up the visit with us all together.

I always think its important to get a second opinion, so a neurologist is a great idea !

Boyzmomee responded:
ADHD is not a "disease" but a condition. You can learn much about it by reading. The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a really good book about it. Talk to your grandson's psychiatrist. He should be able to answer questions as well.

My son sees a child psychaitrist. We go in together and the doctor always addresses him first, then we talk together.
Boyzmomee responded:
Also, I think seeing a pediatric neurologist is a good idea. That is where I first took my son.

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