Meds and social issues

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Meds and social issues
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Fri, 06-25-2010 - 2:21pm

We have just gotten a "diagnosis" of ADHD for DS, primarily inattention. The psychologist is recommending meds. He wants us to read up on them first, however, which I appreciate. He said that behavioral treatment will often complement the meds but that it typically does not work very well on its own.

Although the diagnosis is not really a surprise, it's still upsetting. On the one hand I hate to have my son medicated. He's incredibly imaginative and I would hate any medication to take that way. But on the other hand, having schoolwork go more smoothly, having fewer power struggles with him, and - most importantly - having him develop better social relationships sounds like heaven. I could deal with the struggles over school and other stuff, but I hate that he feels like he has no friends. He so easily gets his feelings hurt and gets angry over minor things. I know he would benefit from some close friends at school.

My question is do the meds help with this aspect, as well, and HOW? I can sort of get how they help with inattention, but how can it control emotions?

Thanks.

dee

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 6:59pm
You are right about Dr's - I had a few thoughts about the symtoms - doctors can give guidance and get an idea - you just need to find a dr that will.

Denise

Denise

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