DS diagnosed with ADHD yesterday
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|Fri, 10-25-2013 - 9:13pm|
Hi there everyone, My 6 yr old, (7 in 3 weeks) DS was diagnosed with ADHD yesterday. We have been having trouble with him for the last few years but it has really escalated since he started school last year. This year he is in 1st grade and and has has brought home at least 4 discipline reports since school started (one last week, one yesterday and one today). The one from last week was from him punching a kid in the stomach for calling him names. Today was for trying to flush a chip bag down the toilet at school. He is getting after school detension for that one on Monday! He's in first grade!
We have always wondered if he had this problem partially because he is so much more difficult to deal with and get to listen than our 5 yr old DD. About 2 weeks ago we had parent teacher conferences at school and his teacher and student teacher advised us that we should have him tested as they are having trouble with him school. He makes straight A's other than his behavior. So...I made an appointment for yesterday. He was officially diagnosed and given a prescription for 5mg of Aderall.
DH and I have many reservations about medicating him and after reading all the side effects and such about this type of medication I feel we have a justifiable reason to. His ped. told me that some of the medications can bring out ticks in children (which my son already has some of) and that makes me stress a little. He is supposed to start his medication tomorrow but I am a bit nervous about giving it to him. The doctor left it up to us as to whether or not to give it.
I guess, what I really want/need to know is, are there any of you out there whose children are on this medication and does medication REALLY make a difference? I am worried about doping my kid up and the medication causing him to become a very different person, one that we don't recognize or like. I don't want my son to be someone he isn't but I don't want him to struggle through life and be always in trouble because he can't control his behavior.
What experiences have you had with medication, and are there any other options that can truly work? I need all the advise/encouragement/help I can get. I know nothing about this stuff!