ADHD

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Posted by: Hanna | 2011/09/09

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My son is ADD

I have been struggling with him for many years, he is extremely disruptive in class, I get complaints everyday, struggling with completing his school work, really struggling with maths.
I often have to repeat myself, he is forgetful, disorganised, easily distracted, instead of doing school work, he is caught drawing action figures in school and at home...I can go on...recently, he has been a bit difficult to handle. Talking just did not help and felt as if I am going nowhere.

He is 10 years old. Grounding him and taking away fun things for his misbehaviour did not help.

I took him to our GP, who stated that he is just a naughty boy. He suggested that I take him to an educational psychologist.

I went in to another Dr for a second opinion, he said that it is classical ADD and prescribed Ritalin.

I have done alot of reading up on ADD, and some symtoms are true to my son. When he was in Grade1, a school psychologist suggested that he could have ADD, but I did not want to believe that and never really did anything about it.

Did I do the right thing going for a 2nd opinion?
I have read up on a few negative articles about Ritalin...I am worried, hoping that I am doing the right thing here.

Please help with advise.

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Hanna,

It is always your prerogative to get a second or third opinion. Having had tendencies in grade 1 it may well be ADD as one does not outgrow these behaviours.

There is so much information out there on Ritalin and most of it is very daunting. On this site alone some people have found Ritalin to be unhelpful, while others have found it to be THE answer. Time will only tell how your son will react to it.

Please keep in mind there are other options to Ritalin such as Concerta which has a milder rise and fall of effect and Strattera which is a non stimulant and takes longer to build up in the system and be effective.

If you are starting medication, I encourage parents not to tell the teachers and ask casually after a week or two how your child is doing in class, and keep a journal of his behaviour at home.

If the teacher doesn't mention any changes, either she is not very observant or the medication is not as effective as it should be. That is the reason for keeping a journal at home, particularly on the weekends when you can see the full effects.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: G-Dad | 2011/09/13

Hey, I feel the same as you, but believe me, I have tried all alternatives, cost me a fortune and got nowhere, I eventually put my son on ritalin, the difference can be seen immediately, it worked, in the beginning he acted strange so expect an adjustment phase, I nearly took him of ritalin, but eventually it work, I only give it to him during school days, I know some doctors want the poor child to use it 7 days a week non stop, believe me school days are enough.

The bad things you read about ritalin is kids that are on a too high dose, or a kid where ritalin is causing side effects, then you can use a lot of other medications, 1 of it will work, initially I would see a specialist and not a GP, there are quite a few peads that specialize in the field, rather let them assess the child, after that you can go to the GP for a new script every month, see the specialist maybe every 6 months to once a year, if there is no problems.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/09/13

Dear Hanna,

It is always your prerogative to get a second or third opinion. Having had tendencies in grade 1 it may well be ADD as one does not outgrow these behaviours.

There is so much information out there on Ritalin and most of it is very daunting. On this site alone some people have found Ritalin to be unhelpful, while others have found it to be THE answer. Time will only tell how your son will react to it.

Please keep in mind there are other options to Ritalin such as Concerta which has a milder rise and fall of effect and Strattera which is a non stimulant and takes longer to build up in the system and be effective.

If you are starting medication, I encourage parents not to tell the teachers and ask casually after a week or two how your child is doing in class, and keep a journal of his behaviour at home.

If the teacher doesn't mention any changes, either she is not very observant or the medication is not as effective as it should be. That is the reason for keeping a journal at home, particularly on the weekends when you can see the full effects.

Best of luck,
Delia

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