Neurologist appointment

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Neurologist appointment
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 7:15am

Hi there..I am new here...well sort of ..been on and off over the past 2 years...here is the latest.


Well we went. And this morning I have a massive headache.

Valentine Bingo               

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 2:07pm
Hummmmmm the combined tearm sticks out in my mind..but I am going to definately ask at Fridays appointment.

Valentine Bingo               

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 08-23-2010 - 6:29pm

Don't worry, it will all come together eventually, it CAN be overwhelming at first.


ADHD, Combined Type: Both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms.


ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: Inattention but not hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms.


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

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Mon, 08-23-2010 - 4:06pm
I see her again Friday to discuss meds..I will ahve a lost of questions..and that will be one of them.

Valentine Bingo               

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 10:49am

"What type??

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

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 7:07am

What type??

Valentine Bingo               

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 5:56pm

HI


We use a Psychiatrist for meds, and a Neuropsychologist for behavior therapies, Diagnosis, etc.


A Psychologist cannot prescribe meds, only do therapy.


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

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:40pm

Our son's medication is prescribed by a child psychiatrist. She's extremely knowledgeable about medications and has been a huge help through the process. Medication can certainly be scary at first, but keep in mind that not all kids get side effects. Our son doesn't get any from his current medication (Concerta), other than a drop in appetite at first (when dosage increases). The benefits have been at the jaw-dropping, wow level. Transformed everything. That said, it did take a lot of trial and error to find the right medication for him. What's nice about stimulants is that if you hate them for any reason, you can stop them immediately. So, you don't have to waste a lot of time tapering off one you don't like. Our son developed rages as Adderall wore off, so we quit that medication immediately.

Definitely ask lots and lots of questions of the doctors and don't read too much about medication online. There's far too much misinformation out there from people who don't even believe in ADHD that it can be hard to sort fact from fiction.

Also, consider joining CHADD and subscribing to ADDitude magazine for reliable information about ADHD.

Good luck!
Michelle

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 10:12am

We see a Pediatric Psychiatrist for medication. Psychologists do not prescribe medication, they do testing and therapy. Pediatricians and family practitioners also prescribe medications for ADHD. I decided on the Psychiatrist because they know these medications so well.

I understand your feeling of not wanting to go through another school year with this. We decided on the medication route because nothing else was helping and it was the right decision for us.

Best of luck to you.