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    undecided on to medicate or not to medicate
    poohbear332004 posted:
    I have an 8 year son that has stayed in trouble in school and very seldom finishes school work. I did not believe ADD/ADHD was real. I thought maybe that is a name for children with behavior problems or who simply isn't into school. I now have definitely changed my mind after researching,talking to teachers and other parents. His first appointment is tomorrow but I'm 50/50 on meds. I'm worried about side effects and numerous other things.If I decide to medicate is it possible to dose him only during the school year or the week days? Will he develop a habit? Does he have to be on meds forever?
    Boyzmomee responded:
    Your boy should have an exam by his pediatrician. It is important to rule out any physical conditions or any other conditions prior to diagnosing ADD/ADHD. His appointment should be with a specialist, a child psychiatrist or a developmental pediatrician.

    ADHD is "real." Brain scans of people with ADHD are different from those who do not have it.

    My son has ADHD and absolutely loves school. He does not have any "behavior problems." He is a peer counselor, boy scout, religious school aide and fire explorer. He is on the honor roll at school and yes he has taken medication since he was 5 years old. He will be 15 in July.

    People with ADHD who take their medication as prescribed do not develop a "habit."

    Some kids do not take their medication in the summer. That is something that should be determined with the help of the physician. Be aware, a lot of learning takes place during time away from structured settings. If the child struggles socially, is impulsive, hyperactive and rejected by adults and peers, it might not be beneficial to take him off his medication in the summer.

    I just refused to hang my son out to dry and let him struggle with this condition on his own. Medication may be essential but you can also provide environmental supports, structure and positive supervised social outlets to help him regain a sense of social competence and self esteem.

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