Ritalin is an option, it need not be the only one. Your GP or paediatrician is in the best position to advise you on the best course of treatment for your son. They may refer you to a neurologist for a second opinion. There are a number of negative stories out there relating to medication for ADD but the drugs were created for a purpose. A number of people with bad experiences with Ritalin are due to Ritalin being the wrong medication for them, either because of an inaccurate diagnosis or a biological intolerance to it (certain people can take Paracetamol but not asprin). Other medications available are Strattera and Concerta. There are a number of other treatments out there if you do not wish to go the medication route. Ultimately, the decision is yours and your son's; no one should try to influence you in either direction.
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