can medicine help please share your experience

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Registered: 03-05-2004
can medicine help please share your experience
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 9:51am

I am at the point where I think stimulants can make a difference but not sure. My son Mark is in kindergarten, he has been in special ed since he was 2. He has extreme adhd but that is not all..nothing has been simple in our journey with our son. He is developing slower than his peers in all areas, a big

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 10:49am
I would ask your Pediatrician for a referral to a therapist. You will also need a referral to a Psychiatrist for meds.
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Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 10:16am
Our behavioral therapist works in the same psychiatry dept. our son's psychiatrist does at Kaiser. You should be able to find one through your health plan. We do the visits at the doctor's office, just like any other appt.

Hope you get your "Wow!" moment soon. I've been there in the "Please, make this better somehow" stage.
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Registered: 03-05-2004
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 9:33am

Thank you for that inspiring message, I really could use a "wow" moment. It has been really hard.

Where did you find a behavior therapist, was it through school or private?

Did he/she come to your house?

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 1:23pm
Our son was kicked out of preschool at three and we started stimulants at four. They completely transformed his entire life. I can't say enough good things about what medication has done for him. He's focused, not aggressive, not hyper, just a regular kid. That said, even long-acting stimulants don't last all day, so you will face down time that's difficult (which is why it's also helpful to meet with a therapist to guide you through those times. Regular parenting techniques don't apply and we've found the behavioral therapist to be a huge source of support and info.). However, when you find the right medication, you'll have a long patch of time during the day that's fantastic.

Our son also has anxiety and takes a separate medication for that. Unfortunately, stimulants won't make anxiety go away.

Be prepared for some trial and error to find the right medication. It may not happen with the first one. However, when you get it right, it will be a "Wow!" moment.

Good luck!