This is a difficult question to answer mainly because there is no simple solution to your problems.Your son has ADD and cannot tolerate Ritalin as he becomes very aggressive.His ADD symptoms respond well to Concerta and he does well academically,but he becomes noticeably depressed. Depression is certainly a recognised side effect of Concerta. With your worrying family history of severe depressive illness I am concerned about the risk involved in continuing to treat your son on Concerta.You really have a difficult decision to make now. You should start by going back to the ADDNova Clinic and explaining your concerns in exactly the same words that you have written here today. They should try any reasonable method to try to assist your son with his ADD short of giving him either Ritalin or Concerta.If you are unhappy with the opinion you get there then you should consult a paediatric neurologist in your area.In the meantime it may help to give your son high doses of Omega 3 daily.He can take one 1000mg capsule per day.
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