Posted by: Sue | 2008/09/15


8 yr old with ADHD

Please help!
My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD last year October, she is on Straterra 60mg. I am and always have been a single mom with no support system, so i dont ever pass the reigns over or have a break. Her behaviour and attention has improved alot since she' s been on the Straterra, but she still obviously has good days and not so good. Today was a bad one, where she didn' t approve of her breakfast, so ranted and raged and behaved awfully, and this carried on into another fit of aggression and ugliness about something unrelated.
How do I deal with this, do I ignore her and walk out of the room, or do I get stricter and become a mean mom?

I' m at the end of my rope, and dont know what to do anymore. please help!

many thanks

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Sue,
It sounds as though you have your hands full, and I admire your strength to try and deal with it all on your own. Investing in a small support base, even if it is an ad hoc one, will help your sanity. With any child it is best not to engage in an argument, as it can easily escalate. Walking out the room is certainly a possibility, be careful not to appear as though you are abandoning her in what she deems a moment of crises. Sometimes saying something like "the way you are shouting/behaving/speaking to me right now is making me sad. I'm going to go to x room and wait for you to calm down." If she follows you, repeat the same story and look for a different room. It's important to keep your voice calm throughout and your body language non-threatening. One of the side effects of Strattera can be mood swings and it may be worthwhile speaking to your health professional about ways to counteract the side effects. This can sometimes lead to a small cocktail of medications. Programmes such as the Dore programme can combat the symptoms of ADHD, as well as anxiety and mood swings, without any drugs or side effects. Keep strong.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: ADD guy | 2008/09/23

I am 20 years old. Diagnosed with ADD when I was 13 years old. I been of and on concerta and ritilin. Ive battled my way through school and I am now a 3rd year student at a unerversity studying bachelors degree in pure and applied chemistry. Yes moms thats rigth. I know how mums of ADD kids feel and often think their kids are unaware. Concerta did help me great deal. I just want to reassure moms not to despair because there is something about ADD people. A hidden genius as sometimes known. Trust me, your ADD kids have a burning desire to succeed. Just give them the space. They neva give up. mom hold on. Your daugther is just goin thru some stuff. I went thru aswell at that age. Give her love. No matter what give her love and I assure u. U will be surprised.
Dont despair. U can email me if u want advice

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