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|Fri, 09-14-2012 - 11:55pm|
Mt darling son is 6 years old in first grade. He was diagnosed with mild ADHD by a private psychologist when he'd just turned 5. When he was tested by the school psychologist last year, he was found to be gifted. He's now seeing a therapist who thinks his shirt chewing behavior when he is anxious or excited may be a symptom of a sensory processing disorder, particularly oral hyposensitivity. He has lots of friends and is very social and happy. He has a hard time sitting still and keeping quiet in class, but generally loves school and his teachers. He's very eager to please, very analytical for a 6 yo, and so affectionate and sweet. Spoken like a Mom, I know...
His dad (we are divorced and both remarried and share custody) feels strongly that it is time to put him on medication for ADHD, that we have waited long enough for him to grow out of this. I am very conflicted about this, for lots of reasons, and the conflicting information I have found as I try to research this has not eased my mind at all. Of course, I want him to excel at school and realize his potential...but I also do not want to give him anything that is going to change his wonderful personality, or that he will become dependent upon. I am trying to gather my thoughts for his pediatrician appointment Tuesday. His dad does not paln to attend, but basically wants me to tell the pediatrician we want a prescription. I'm not at all sure about that...
So, coming here to ask you all what your experiences have been with medication, and what questions to ask his pediatrician. My fears are (and I'll admit to being ignorant on this subject which is why I'm here) that he will be zombie-like, that the bright light he is will somehow be dimmed, and that we'll be giving him the message that drugs are the answer. I simply don't feel good about it, but at the same time I don't want to strain the relationship between myself and his dad, which has been decent lately. It has been extremely difficult getting to that point with him. With 2 households, it is difficult to remain consistent with behavioral modification, and quite frankly I don't think his dad has the patience for it.
Please share your thoughts and experiences, and what questions I should pose to his doctor.
Thanks in advance...I am new to this board but have always appreciated the honest perspectives and opinions on other IVill boards.