ADHD

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Posted by: Thibang | 2010/09/03

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I have a 13 years old girl in grade 7 who has ADD. Two, three year back she was on Ritalin and the Doctor indicated that she should stops medication when she turned 10/11 years. She has been ok since then but this year, things has gone worse. Her biggest problem is that she forgets, especialy her homework. I havent notice behaviour on home related issues but comming to homework, she forgets either to do it or to write it down from the board. I have tried to punish her, took her for therapy but still, nothing improves. Kindly assist.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Thibang,

It is uncommon for Ritalin to be stopped at any specific age; children usually stay on the medication until such time they are able to regulate their own concentration and behaviour - which in some instances may only happen in adulthood. Remember that we do not outgrow ADHD.

With the increase in pressure of a higher grade, she may be finding it difficlt to keep on top of everything. From your post I do not know what therapy she has been through, but cognitive behavioural therapy may be worth a try; alternatively she may require beginning the medication again - not necessarily Ritalin.

I would suggest speaking with the doctor/psychologist who diagnosed her initially and the prescribing doctor (if it someone different) and get their input on how you should procede.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/09/03

Dear Thibang,

It is uncommon for Ritalin to be stopped at any specific age; children usually stay on the medication until such time they are able to regulate their own concentration and behaviour - which in some instances may only happen in adulthood. Remember that we do not outgrow ADHD.

With the increase in pressure of a higher grade, she may be finding it difficlt to keep on top of everything. From your post I do not know what therapy she has been through, but cognitive behavioural therapy may be worth a try; alternatively she may require beginning the medication again - not necessarily Ritalin.

I would suggest speaking with the doctor/psychologist who diagnosed her initially and the prescribing doctor (if it someone different) and get their input on how you should procede.

Best wishes,
Delia

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