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|Tue, 08-11-2009 - 5:24pm|
So DS is 6 and going into grade 1 in September. He is ADHD combined and gifted (went through all the rigorous testing and whatnot). We started him on short acting ritalin, then tried biphentin (a long acting form of methylphenidate in Canada) but found it was out of his system in about 5 hours. We are now on 27mg of concerta.
Here is my question...
What can and can't the meds do.
For example, he went bowling today with camp. Everything was going great until the last ball when another boy went out of turn and accidentally through a ball on DS's turn. He flipped out and was screaming for about 30 minutes over this. Up until that point he was OK and then when I picked him up (the councilor didn't know what to do with him so they asked that I take him home) he was settled within 5 minutes. Is the med supposed to help these outbursts?
He technically has no problem with focus - he can read a full 40-60 page chapter book in one sitting (without meds). It's the outbursts that get him into trouble all the time. At school these outbursts have made him a regular in the office and I actually think my house is in the principals speed dial.
I don't have these outburst problems at home, but they make my life a living hell the minute DS leaves the house for school or camp.
Any suggestions? Should meds help this? How much of this is just a "learned" behaviour?