**QUESTON OF THE WEEK 08/03/03**
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|Sun, 08-03-2003 - 1:50pm|
What were your first thoughts when your child was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? How did you react to the news?
When my SD was first diagnosed, I was relieved b/c I thought that we could finally get things taken care of. I knew she was having problems and thought now that we could help her. Unfortunately that didn't occur b/c BM refused. I researched the dx for about 3 years and did some of the usggestions at home and we were very consistent with everything here at our home but couldn't control BM. Finally in 5th grade I made DH get the dx and get an IEP at the school in order to help her there. After that we started treatubg SD with vitamins since BM wouldn't do the meds. Now we are doing Strattera for SD. I'm more relieved now that we are finally able to help SD. It's about time.
Now that we are having issues with DS and everyone is talking about their suspiscions and what is wrong with him. I am frustrated. Everyone is wanting to drug DS and I'm not sure that is the right thing to do. I want to know for sure that DS really has this before I drug him. I'd hate for him to be labeled ADD/ADHD if he's not. I'm not against the dx, but I want to make sure that's what it is and not just a Dr wanting to drugg him b/c he's borderline and it's a quick fix. Right now we are having him evaluated and I will know in the next few months what is going on with DS.
So what were your first thoughts when your child was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? How did you react to the news?