Pleassseee help and post if you can!

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Pleassseee help and post if you can!
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 12:26pm

We are currently trying to treat ADHD (also has ODD).



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Thu, 04-09-2009 - 12:55pm

My son is ADHD/ODD and 7 years old. We tried ritalin and then medadate last year and we had some of the same problems that you are describing. We have a family history of mood disorders so they attempted to put him on a mood stabilizer. He has been on depakote since last April. He has tolerated it well, and wasn't on any other stimulants until this past January when we decided to do a trial of adderall. It has helped him tremendously with his ability to focus in school and with his behavior but since he has the mood stabilizer too, we aren't seeing the mood lability that we saw last year.
As far as getting in with a psych, I would keep trying...unfortunately pediatricians are not very good at dispensing psych meds for kids.

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Thu, 04-09-2009 - 3:48pm
My 12 year old was diagnosed at 2.5 with ADHD and ODD.
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Thu, 04-09-2009 - 11:44pm

From BTDT experience, when the meds work for a number of days, and then magically stop, it is because your child is NOT taking the med. He is spitting it, flushing it, hiding it, or taking it to school and selling it. Go back to original dosage. Put the pill in his mouth yourself. Hand him water in CLEAR GLASS. Take the glass back from him. Check his mouth, finger sweep the cheeks, behind the molars, and under the tongue. Then go search his room; under the mattress, in the pillowcases, in his shoes, under the liner paper in his drawers. Those were only SOME of the places we found pills. However with older kids, esp boys, chances are good the pills are being sold one at a time at school.

Welcome to being pill police. It happens to a lot of us.

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Fri, 04-10-2009 - 9:30am
I fear the pill police a great deal as when he was 8 he was spitting them out and hiding them so I get how you feel. now he is 10 and says he can do it with out the Concerta but knows it is alot easier with it. so I am hoping it stays like that for a while.