Intro and a few questions...

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Intro and a few questions...
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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 1:23pm

Hi, my name is Lauren (31) and my 5.5 year old DS was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago.


Because he was so young, we chose to do behavioral modification, and despite how consistent we were this would always stop working eventually.

 
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Wed, 07-14-2010 - 5:29pm
For me I don't consider Clonidine as an ADHD med...I used it as

Denise

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Wed, 07-14-2010 - 4:20pm

Hunter was also VERY sleepy whenwe first started him on Intuniv. He only has to take it once a day, though. Luckily...and we give it to him in the evening.


Good Luck and keep up posted!

jenn

jenn

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Wed, 07-14-2010 - 3:35pm

Jenn,


Thanks for your input!

 
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Mon, 07-12-2010 - 5:01pm

Hi, Lauren! Welcome.


What you are going through sounds a lot like what I have been dealing with with my 7 1/2 y.o. DS. He was diagnosed at 3 1/2 with ADHD.


He too has always had issues with non-structured environments, even going to the grocery store or Target would turn into a nightmare. I eventually avoided taking him anywhere with me, if I could. We finally started him on meds mid-way through Kindergarten. We were lucky, though, b/c once he was diagnosed at 3.5 we immediately got help at school. He was in pre-school through our school district and was evaluated and put in an IEP...in pre-school. Once on the IEP he was moved to another class with other students with "behavioral problems" where the teachers have more patience and understand these kids better. So with that having been our fortune, we were able to keep him off meds for a couple more years.


But long story short, this past year we saw massive improvement, although we had great challenges as well. He was suspended TWICE this year...in FIRST grade... both times he got in trouble during non-structured times of the day (recess and PE). He ate lunch almost the entire year in his counselor's office b/c he couldn't handle the lunchroom. After his first suspension he got put into a special program (new to the district this past year) where he learned how to react appropriately, etc. It was this program that got him hooked up with yet another counselor through a mental health center designed just for children and teens. His counselor from there, along with the district psychiatrist, saw signs/symptoms of Anxiety. I thought they were crazy when I firstt heard this, but then she went over the symptoms with me... and it made complete sense. And the anxiety presented mostly during these unstructured times... lunch, recess, etc.... So his acting out was/is a defense mechanism. So this is another thing that is being worked on too.


My suggestion would be, if you have the official diagnosis, talk to whomever you are supposed to talk to about this at your son's school...counselor, or whomever, and find ou if he can be evaluated for an IEP. They may want to see how he is at school first. But at least this lets them know that you know there are issues with him, that you are being proactive in getting him the right help he needs, you are being cooperative with the school.... etc... DS knows everyone at school (so it seem) and I don't always see it as a bad thing. I am also known at school too, by principals, teachers, counselors, secretaries... etc... it's not always a bad thing.... even though my heart sinks every time I see the school's phone number on my caller ID. LOL!


Again as another poster mentioned, it might take some time to find the right combination of medication, so don't get frustrated with that. There is a lot of different kinds of meds just for this reason that not every kid reacts the same on each med. My DS is now on a concoction of three different meds...it is working...now... but next month he might have a growth spurt and things can change... One med seemed like it was working for MONTHS and then suddenly was no good.


Good luck! I know it is difficult and taxing when you have other young ones that need your atention too.


Sorry so long...


jenn

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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 8:24am

Ok--thanks for your insight.

 
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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 10:54pm

I would have him re evaluated, but would wait until he is a bit older. It is possible he is gifted, and is bored. There is also the teacher not clicking,and him needing structure.


I would try the meds, and see how he does, you can always stop them. Keep in mind though, since you mentioned BP, if he did in fact have BP that would have to be controlled first, ADHD can and do make BP symptoms worse....there are no meds for ODD however.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-07-2004
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 7:18pm

The initial diagnosis was done by a pediatric psychologist, after Caden's pre-school urged me to have him evaluated.

 
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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 4:10pm

Hi, and welcome


My first question would be, who did the initial evaluation, who diagnosed? If it was a pediatrician, I would get a second opinion. Being so young, it is possible that the diagnosis is wrong. What type of ADHD was he dx'd with?


Meds are not necessarily the be all end all, counseling is usually still necessary, but they can and do help.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.