Posted by: glen | 2009-02-10



My son is 17,very impulsive and always on the move,need thing' s to costanley go his way,smokes grass and even though I have enrolled him during the holidays at Eljarda to get him off this,I am Lost,his school work is good to excelent,he was diagnosed with ADHD and was on retilen,will he suffer the rest of his life,he is not gaining weight,any sugestions please

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ADHD Expert

Dear Glen,
It is very unlikely for a child to grow out of their ADHD symptoms, but this does not mean your son is doomed to the life he is currently choosing to lead. Judging by his school work he has the ability to do more with his life than smoke weed. From your post it seems as though he is no longer on Ritalin. I wonder why this is? Were his symptoms more controlled on Ritalin? A known side effect of Ritalin is a decreased appetite and therefore weight loss; he can take a supplement such as Ensure to keep his nutrition up. I would strongly suggest he see a psychologist to find a coping strategy other than grass. Most people with ADHD fear the thought of having to study after school as it is such a difficult task for them; however, they do very well at Technikons where the study is more practically focused. The short term goal is to get to the bottom of his grass smoking and replacing it with a healthier coping strategy.
Kind regards,

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Posted by: Jim | 2009-02-12

Was he on meds and stopped? In order to intervene properly re the grass smoking etc. you need to get to the underlying conditions and treat them. I used to smoke grass as a teenager to get relief from the ADHD and the anxiety and depression it causes. If not handled right the build up of anger and aggression the anxiety etc causes will get toxic and everything blows up with an ensuing breakdown normally and then the cycle repeats unless you can successfully intervene. And yes he most likely will have ADHD for the rest of his life but hopefully with the right treatment he lwill earn to cope and be productive.

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