Few questions for you guys

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Few questions for you guys
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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 12:22am
Just wanted your opinions on a few things. Victor has been not going to sleep until well after 10pm now ( bedtime is at 8, we start winding down now at 6pm right after dinner) He's also starting to have trouble "holding onto" his thoughts again. What clued me into possible ADHD to begin with was that he "ummed" a lot. Like he couldn't remember what he was saying. I noticed that he does this a lot when he doesn't have his meds either. No worries, I plan on callin the doc to run this past her as well. He started taking Adderall is November and has not put on 1 solid once since then. He's weighed 43.6lbs and still does. I was told not to stress unless it went below that. Well, my other concern is that after school, he's losing his patience with his little sister. He's NEVER done that before. Then today he had a break down at school. He got a "mean" substitute and she was very strict and didn't adhere to his IEP. When the teacher got back to school and the sub tried to "tattle" on Victor, his teacher put her in her place telling her that it was her fault he had a break down because if she had bothered to read the notes that the teacher left, the sub would have known that Vic had an IEP and what needed to be done to stay with it. Victor's teacher apologized to Vic and told him that she would request to NOT get that sub again and he worked very happily the rest of the day. Okay, now for the questions I know are running thru your minds =) Victor is 6.8 years old ( almost 7 yikes, this could be the cause of some of the problems) His father is a soldier in the US Army ( on his way home thank goodness) but still over there temperarily. His teacher has been discussing parts of what is going on over there to help the civilian kids understand a bit better of what the military kids are going thru. ( again, causes of problems) I don't know if he really needs to SEE the doctor, of if we need to just touch base, but 1.) I don't want the sleep problem to turn into worse than going to bed at 10pm and not getting up until almost 8 ( which means very little time for breakfast as we have to leave no later than 8:10.) and 2.) I don't like the anger stage at all. He already doesn't like to go outside, or do outside things, I don't want him to start hating people as well and spend all day locked up in his room. Any and all advice, comments or suggestions welcome. Thanks.


Alexis

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 6:23am
Sounds to me like you answered your own questions ... for a little boy, having his father away for any reason can cause more upset and anxiety. When dad is in the army and there is a war going on, that is going to increase problems ... harder to sleep, more difficult, easily distracted, quick to argue/fight. I would have to say that it sounds to me very typical of ANY child who's father is serving overseas ... and not necessarily an ADHD thing. I'd call the doc, of course, to get some ideas and suggestions, but I think you hit the nail on the head with this one.

Nancy

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 12:59pm
Prolly should have been more specific, I apologize. Dad has been gone since Feb 20th and this behavior didn't start until Just a week ago. We've always had Dad in and out of our lives on deployments so this is nothing new, but maybe possibly the thought of war is what's doing it to him. Thank you for your opinion tho. I appreciate it greatly.

Alexis

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 5:11pm
I was in the same situation. My ds started taking Aderrall in Dec.(10mg, extended release per day) and it seemed to really help at first but about 2 months ago(after being on the meds about 3 months) we noticed that he suddenly had no patience at home, had a bad temper and was very emotional. He also started with major anxiety, worring, not sleeping and picking at his fingers and toes. We took him off of the Aderrall about three weeks ago and after about two days, the behavior problems that I mentioned abouve were gone. However he was back to no focus and swinging from anything that was not attached to the ground lol.

We started on Stratterra on Monday of this week and we have seen not side effects. I hvae heard that it takes weeks to see improvement on Stratterra because it takes longer to get into the system, we have noticed a differance already. He is sleeping better, and is calmer in gen. and not near as emotional.

Hope this helps, good luck and I would def. call your ped.

Shaun

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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 9:56pm


Maybe You're child might need a different medication. My 15 year old girl is on zoloft,neurontin,adderall,& seroquel. 2 of them are mood stabilizers. one is a depresant, and the other one is for hyperactivity. She has Very bad mood swings and a angery problem. with the right combination of medication it has helped her. If she doesn't take her medication NOONE can deal with her. so maybe you're child might need different meds. Or a combination. I hope I have helped.