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My son Logan had his 5 year check today...He got 4 shots, 2 per leg. Just usual stuff that was due then they did a finger poke for a lead test. He passed the hearing test with flying colors. He failled the vision test. Poor guy couldn't make it 3 rows down He passed all his must do stuff like jumping, knowing shapes, he even wrote his name!! So he's all good with that Bad news, She tallied the quiz thing we took and he rates for ADHD 100%. She said he wasn't boarder line he was a definite 100% I guess her daughter has it too. He even was being his "usual" self and she got a taste of what we go through. She is starting him on meds but a very very low dose and we are taking it slow so we can try to find the lowest dose that will be effective. He is starting on 10 mg medadate. I was crying at the doc, all I could think is it's all my fault somehow Could really use any advice from others who's kids have had to be on meds for adhd. He's been the "wild child" for a long time now but I kept hoping he'd just "ougrow" it.
Sorry this reply is so late. Don't blame yourself. My DS is ADHD. He was a complete wild child and just never ever sat still. He would move from one thing to the other and then he wouldn't pay attention at all! I mean, it was horrible!
When he was dx, we started him on the lowest dose of Adderall. It worked like a charm! Remember that you may need to try different dosages or even different meds to find that right combination that works for your DS. We're now on Concerta at 27mg and it's working well. I know we're not going to be on this forever and that we'll eventually have to up the dosage again or even change the med but for now it's good.
I hope that getting your DS on meds will help you out!
I was born with ADHD, so I totally know how it is. My mother deciding to put me on medication was probably one of the BEST things she's ever done for me. I'm a completely different (and better) person because of it.
I suspect my DD has ADHD, if it turns out she has it, I won't have any regrets putting her on medication. I've benefited from it first hand, so I know how it can benefit someone who needs it.
The way I see it, if a kid needs glasses or a hearing aid to improve their quality of life, you would get them for your child, right? Same thing for ADHD.
Tolerance obviously requires a non-contentious manner of relating toward one another’s differences. But tolerance does not require abandoning one’s standards or one’s opinions on political or public policy choices. Tolerance is a way of reacting to diversity, not a command to insulate it from examination.
-- Dallin H. Oaks
Don't be upset about it. My DD has ADHD and ADD. They put her on Adderall and she is doing so much better. I was so against putting her on any medication and it was driving me nuts on should i do it or shouldn't i. She was in 2nd grade and mad almost all F's all year long and it was breaking my heart. So i decided to get her evaluated and try the medications. She is in 3rd grade now and she is making almost all A's and B's. So i think that in some cases it is totally worth putting them on the medication. I think that im going to take her off of it durring the summer while she is not at school. The only side effect she has from her meds is the insomnia. Other than that her appetite is fine and everything else is fine. I hope that this makes you feel better about your decision and i hope that everthing goes fine for you LO
That is a usually feeling because I feeling the same way as you when I got the news about Lucy and her child psychiatrist told me it was not my fault and that was a normal feeling! Lucy has been struggling for years in school. Last year we found out her eye sight was really bad and she never told us. But I think she was like that for a long time and she really never picked up enough in classes and she was just passing with one grade point from failing. So this year we got her checked and she has ADHD and now on the Strattera and I hope this turns things around for her!