Dear ADD mom,
The switch from natural supplements to prescribed medication can be a difficult one. You seem to be doing a large amount of research which is the best first step you can take. The long acting Ritalin is available in SA; the dosage is dependent on the severity of the symptoms, however, weight and general health factors will also play a role. I'm sure in your research you have come across Strattera and Concerta as well; although the side effects tend to be similar across ADD medications some people prefer one over the others - this tends to be a trial and error process unfortunately. If you are still unsure of medication there are cognitive behavioural specialists who can assist with coping skills to deal with ADD.
Before deciding on a treatment route, it is advisable to get a professional diagnosis. It may be worth taking your daughter to an educational psychologist who deals with ADD for a complete evaluation; you can contact www.adhasa.co.za for a professional in your area. Likewise, you may benefit from an evalauation.
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