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amylynn0818 posted:
First of all i would like to thank those who do reply to this. Where to start and will try to make this short. My 6yr old son will start taking concerta 18mg 2morrow and the thought is driving me crazy.
Every teacher parent conference the teachers hint to getting him checked out for ADHD. Well last year i took him to a therapist and he said that he had severe ADHD and will monitor him and see if medications is needed aroung 1st or 2nd grade. Being a parent i was in denial and didnt take him back (selfish in my part). He is in 1st grade and gets A's and B's on report card, but he has a problem doing his work and staying still. He has a wonderful teacher that gives him one on one since she has a child with ADHD. So i took him to his peditrician and filled out the forms and his new doctor is like "he seems fine to me,but by looking at the questionaire we will start the meds".
I guess what i'm getting to is will it help him focus and pay attention, that is down fall and being a little to hyper.He has a problem where he cant stay in his seat and when it comes to indepent time he cant stay focus to finish his work. Im scared that im not making the right decision. I need help guidance anything to reassure me that i am doing the right thing for him. I feel useless! Thanks again

Amy
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ADDmiss responded:
Hi Amy,
I am the mom of a 10 year old boy with ADHD more on the ADD side. This may be controversial but, let me tell you about the side effects of NOT dealing with (or medicating) a child with significant ADD or ADHD. My son is the child of an ADD mom and an ADHD dad. This child has an IQ of 140, is in gifted and has off the chart test scores. Yet, my son was barely surviving the 5th grade. He was terribly disorganized, had an "I can't do it!" meltdown whenever I didn't break down his chores for him from "Go clean your room!" to a step by step process of "first pick up your clothes then, come back to me and I'll tell you what to do next.". I wanted to deal with this before he turned out like me or his dad. His dad was until very recently, a raging alcoholic with no direction in his life. This is a man who has an IQ in the 150 range and can do complicated math in his head yet had no life or coping skills AT ALL. I, the ADD mom with an IQ of 141 started flunking out in 6th grade because I had no focus, and very little confidence in my ability to manage tasks on my own yet, I would score off the charts on standardized tests. Now, I am a single mom going back to school and struggling to survive on a month to month basis. I smoked pot on and off for years in an attempt to slow my brain down because it always seems to be one step ahead of the rest of me.
My son has been on Vyvanse now for about 4 months. It has made a HUGE difference. He has gone from "barely surviving" to straight A's and his teachers say he used to be timid and now he steps up as a leader in the class! The biggest improvement has been his CONFIDENCE! Now, if I tell him to clean his room, he says ok, and he goes and does it. He even does the dishes with no complaining! Now, there are times when he doesn't want to but, now, he never says "I can't!". The only negative side effects that I have noticed from this medication are that he gets headaches and has appetite loss. We have countered that easily though. When he takes his med, he takes an Omega 3-6-9 at the same time and the headaches are completely prevented. I make him eat breakfast before the medicine kicks in and a healthy dinner. nuts for snacks. Nutrition is really important for these kids.
Don't beat yourself up about medicating your child. I wish someone had noticed it in me or his father when we were kids. Often times, ADHD kids that are never treated grow up to fight depression and abuse drugs or alcohol. Remember, we are smart people who grow up and realize what we could have become if we would just "apply ourselves" as all of my teachers used to say.
Good luck!
 
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Boyzmomee responded:
Untreated ADHD can have very serious consequences. I have a 13 year old with severe ADHD.

At age 5 I volunteered in his classroom. He had a very kind teacher who tried everything she knew which was considerable. I saw it right away and took him to a ped neuro who dx him w/ ADHD. He was placed on 5mg of Adderall which made him appear sedated. The ped neuro changed his meds to Adderall 10mg extended release and that was it.

I switched him to a very good child psychiatrist. He now takes Adderall 25mg in the am and Clonidine 0.1mg at bedtime. He is on the honor roll at school. He plays football, hockey, baseball and is on the school's wrestling team. He is a patrol leader in Boy Scouts.

Just observe your son. Sometimes the first medication is not effective.

Are you having any difficulties at home?


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