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    Default Newly diagnosed inattentive ADD... help!

    Hi all

    So my DS is nearly 7 and yes he has always been and handful, not hyperactive but just never really listened or learnt properly.

    The school flagged some issues and after numerous tests with numerous specialists the conclusion is inattentive ADD. I am scared because he is getting further and further behind at school.

    The paediatrician wants to start him on a trial of Ritalin so I'm really interested in hearing other people's experiences with Ritalin and if the potential side effects occurred with your child???

    My main concerns on the side effect list are the effects on growth. My little guy is on the small side to begin with.

    Interested in both +ve and -ve stories of Ritalin.

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    There are heaps of groups on Facebook with parents of adhd kids and they often discuss medication so maybe try there if you don't get any answers here? We are part of two Gold Coast adhd Facebook groups.

    My son isn't diagnosed yet, the psychologist suggested it's probably adhd that's why I joined.

    My son isn't hyper either, but very behind at school and has low working memory. He is halfway through year 2 but has just completed a prep level of reading. Psychologist didn't think he needed to be medicated at all though.

    Good luck!

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    I'll be back when not so rushed.
    Ds1 was on ritalin for a few years. He changed to concerta which suits him better. He is now over 6 foot.

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    Thanks guys. In my heart of hearts I've always suspected there was an issue with my little guy. Having an older daughter, a lot of people kept saying to me "he's just a boy" but it never sat quite right. Tbh although I'm not happy that there is an issue, I am relieved that something has been identified... hope that doesn't sound weird. At least now with something identified I feel like we have a shot at doing something to help him and our family overall. I don't know if Ritalin is the answer but I am leaning towards trialling it. I am scared that we'll try all these alternative therapies people suggest and he is just going to get further and further behind and we'll end up back to Ritalin anyway. I can see his confidence is being damaged and he is starting to struggle with relationships at school.
    I'll check out some facebooks groups for sure


 

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