Start meds in A.M...still ?ing choice

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Registered: 10-17-2005
Start meds in A.M...still ?ing choice
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Wed, 06-17-2009 - 1:29am

Our pediatrician has my youngest son, Tristan, scheduled to begin meds for ADHD in the morning..is it normal to still be questioning the decision and even the diagnosis??


He was diagnosed at age 2 with Hemiplegia which is a form of

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Registered: 05-05-2007
Wed, 06-17-2009 - 2:33am
It is good to question the decisions we make for our kids. Honestly I question mine all the time. My son has been on Concerta for a little over a year now. I was scared to start the medication, I didn't know if it would help, or if it would make him different. His ped was fantastic and let us do a trial to see what would happen. He had an almost instant improvement both
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 06-17-2009 - 9:25am

Wow, I can tell why you feel like you'll never know what the cause of any given symptom is.

OK, given that--really, what you are doing is trying out the meds to see if they'll help. For all anyone knows, they could help even if the kid *isnt* ADHD--our knowledge of exactly how the brain works isn't that large or specific. The good thing about Focalin & ritalin is that you take them and they process out of your system really fast. Generally hard to get real damage from a trial. So, you're trying out the meds to see how they go. Here's hoping it goes well & gives you a great effect!

As the previous poster said, many do have to play with dosage & type of medication to find what works for their kid. This is, IMHO, only more evidence that brain workings aren't understood very well--but there's nothing we can do but our best for our kids.

The idea that we could try out the meds & STOP was the only thing that got me to try, I was so scared of medicating. SO glad we did, though--huge difference. GOOD LUCK!!!

Megan
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