I hope you don't mind but I have subbed to this thread, DS 6 sees a specialist next month as I am concerned about his constant go go energy, doesn't listen, ordinary behaviour at school, enjoys school work but it's a struggle to keep him concentrating on anything. He swaps and changes tasks within a few minutes. He also has ordinary eye contact. I have always thought perhaps it was normal boy behaviour but I can't dispel my feelings of needing to get him assessed.
My hubby was unimpressed with meds but the change came since doing distance education (which is basically home schooling but the curriculum is already set) he was able to see how hard it is for our son to focus on his schoolwork. I literally have to sit with him 95% of the time to keeps him on track and even then he gets frustrated and losses his train of thought especially with literacy. Then I read experiences of how much of a difference it has made to others and we were then getting desperate to try something. In the end hubby had turned around and realised it will give our child a better quality of life. I actually feel bad for holding off for so long over the years thinking that he was just slow to mature. Now just to get a med that works.
My DP was against meds too as he is also ADHD and Ritalin didn't work for him bad experience so he tried to project that on to DS I wasn't having a bar of it I know what's best for my boy n that was to follow through n get him help n meds so glad I did
I myself was against medication for my son and after altering diets, trying different parenting methods etc seeing him struggle so badly to make friends and being labeled as the 'naughty kid' just broke my heart and I was willing to try anything to help him I cried for a good few days when I came home with that script bit it really has made his life, and everyone else's as a result, so much happier. He has a firm group of really good friends now (like seriously, this kid is in such high demand for sleep overs it's not funny!) and that alone had made the meds worthwhile.
Since I have so many family members with ADHD I had some idea of what the right medication could do but I still had my doubts about it for DD#2.
When talking about it with the Pead though he made me see we can trial medication and its just that, a trial. If we don't like it we can stop it imediately and try something else or not. Just because she is on medication now doesn't mean its a lifetime thing. Just that as this point in time we think its best for her and more importantly so does she.
She even told the Pead how she feels when she has taken it. She said she can concentrate and without it its really hard to try and concentrate even if she is just playing.
For the Ritalin/Concerta ppl: I have been successfully managed on dexampetamine for a long time. Ritalin/Concerta works great for a lot of ppl, but others find dexampetamine or other meds better- don't be afraid to experiment!
I am bumping this thread as my DS has just being given a script for Ritalin to trial. I would love to know how everyone is travelling with their precious ones.
I finally got through to DS' father and we trialled Ritalin for six weeks with DS at the beginning of 2013.
It failed for us. It helped make DS more attentive and willing to listen, but when it wore off he became an emotional wreck, which got worse as each week progressed.
I finished the six weeks and decided it wasn't working for us. At present DS is on nothing & I haven't sought further advice as it took me two years to get his fathers permission in the first place. When it didn't work I got "told you so", so I know trying anything else would be a harder battle than I had originally.
I'm so sorry to hear that PS. Did the Paed suggest going to long release type after the 6 week trial? Our Paed wants us to try Ritalin for 6'weeks to get the correct dosage and then move too Concerta or Straterra. Our biggest issue is his working and processing memory. He is really well behaved and I'm scared meds will mess with his emotions but I feel we are running out of options.
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