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    skintz posted:
    I believe that in some casses meds are needed for ADHD. My 9 yr. old girl was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 4 or 5 and they tried 3 different meds on her over time. They seemed to help a little but when she was on Concerta they over dosed her and it caused congestive heart failure. Thank god we noticed and took her off of it before it really hurt her. Since being off the meds she agian has become to much to handle and now the doc wants to put her back on Concetra, anyone have a suggestion of a different med? We also tried ridalin and adderal. So I guess that what I am saying is that in some cases meds are needed cause you can't (atleast I hope you don't want to) kill your own kid. I am just really confused on the whole thing because when I was growing up I has the same symptums but it was just called an over active kid.
    eastcoastbeachgirl responded:
    I hear you, my son, 7 yrs old, is ADHD with some other learning and health issues. We have chosen not to medicate him for 2 reasons. First, he has heart defects and there is a concern of side effects with his heart meds and heart function. Second, I believe strongly in behavior modifications as this is a life long probelm, he will always be this way and learning how to cope now instead of later is better in the long run.

    My son has had services (speech, OT and so forth) since he was a year old. He works with a behavior coach at school along with modifications in his school day to help him focus and blow off steam when he needs to. He actually sits on a medicine ball at his desk in class.

    I will be the first one to say, he is hard to handle, but we have all learned ways to help with his focus and accept that he needs to be phyically active all the time. It takes us 10 minutes to walk 2 houses from the bus stop because my son needs to climb, jump off things, walk the neighbors fence. We park the furthest away from any place we go, so my son can walk/jump his way into a building.

    Things have improved slowly over time in school and at home, he can focus for longer periods of time and has much better impulse control. It is an on going process. He knows what is expected of him and he is getting better at meeting these goals. We use lots of positive reforcement.

    Talk to her doctor and the scool about things that can be done for her to help her cope. An IEP or a 504 plan should be put in place for her, if she doesn't already have one.

    Good luck.
    momuv4girls responded:
    I highly, highly recommend you finding your daughter a board certified Child Psychiatrist to do a thorough evaluation and if necessary medicate.

    IMHO, AD(H)D should be diagnosed by a brain specialist and medication monitored by such, meaning a Child Psychiatrist.

    Here is a helpful link:

    Good luck on your search and keep forging again !!
    Indiaguerita replied to eastcoastbeachgirl's response:
    I could not have said it better. Bravo to you for looking at alternative ways to treat your child, rather than ramming a pill down his throat.

    My son's neurologist has been desperately trying to get my five-year old son with Autism on behavior meds. That, to me, is repugnant. Behavior modification is the way to go, in my opinion. Rather than medicate the problem, teaching our children with mental illnesses how to cope with the stresses of life and how to handle their condition without meds is better parenting on our parts.

    Now...that is not to say that no conditions should go without medications...In my case in particular...medications are a last resort.

    Boyzmomee replied to Indiaguerita's response:
    I disagree here. Many mental illnesses have a biological basis and there is no need to prolong suffering to try and go it alone anymore than it would be for a type I diabetic to try to live without insulin.
    Boyzmomee replied to momuv4girls's response:
    Yes, a child psychiatrist should be treating this child!
    Indiaguerita replied to Boyzmomee's response:
    I agree with you. There are some conditions that require medication.

    My brother was ADHD and he functioned quite well with behavior modification. I know it's not the best option for everyone...but for him it worked. Oh...and a diet without preservatives.

    But yes...I know there are conditions that need medicine, just like non-mental health issues.

    Boyzmomee replied to Indiaguerita's response:
    I understand. I think most parents try other methods for their children with ADHD before going the medication route.

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