ADHD

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Posted by: Lesley | 2010/03/21

Q.

Behaviour

Good morning

Just curious to know, my son is on ritalin for the last year, 10yrs old. He takes 1 tab 10mg mon-fri in the mornings. I dont want to give him anything when he gets home as theres I dont see the need for it.What I need to know is, there are times when he becomes so naughty, like not listening and doing silly things that he knows he shouldnt do or annoying his sister, or having such a tantrum when its homework time.My husband wants to discipline him, which we do to keep it under control,but where or how would one distinguish and say,his naughty because of ADD.I feel he does these things because of ADD, my husband feels that naughty is naughty and treats it as such.Am I just being a softy and using that as an excuse for his behaviour? Can you please give me some advise as how to address or treat his behaviour please?

Many thanks,

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lesley,

It can be difficult to distinguish between just plain naughty and ADD behaviours. The simplest way is to determine if the behaviours are present everyday (including weekends), or on certain days such as non-extra mural days or at particular types of homework etc. If you can determine a pattern to his behaviours, it may due to boredom or avoidance of a subject. If it is almost a daily occurence, it is likely to be due to ADD.

In conjunction with your doctor, it may be worth trying an afternoon dosage for a time to see if the unfavourable behaviours decrease. If you do not want to increase your son's dosage, perhaps splitting his dose of 5mg in the morning and 5mg when he gets home would be beneficial; again this needs to be discussed with your prescribing professional beforehand.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/03/31

Dear Lesley,

It can be difficult to distinguish between just plain naughty and ADD behaviours. The simplest way is to determine if the behaviours are present everyday (including weekends), or on certain days such as non-extra mural days or at particular types of homework etc. If you can determine a pattern to his behaviours, it may due to boredom or avoidance of a subject. If it is almost a daily occurence, it is likely to be due to ADD.

In conjunction with your doctor, it may be worth trying an afternoon dosage for a time to see if the unfavourable behaviours decrease. If you do not want to increase your son's dosage, perhaps splitting his dose of 5mg in the morning and 5mg when he gets home would be beneficial; again this needs to be discussed with your prescribing professional beforehand.

Best wishes,
Delia

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