At what point did you decide to medicate

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Registered: 07-14-2002
At what point did you decide to medicate
Tue, 04-20-2010 - 12:31am

I've posted here before, and then drifted away - but now I'm back again. :)

My 8 year old, Brayden, did the worksheet/survey with his teacher and my DH and I. The pediatrician scored all of the answers. His results were that he was in the ADD/ADHD and ODD range. She could have prescribed medication if we wanted it, but since we were taking him out of school she said really it was just up to us.

His struggles with school is a whole 'nother post. I think I've posted some about it here a few months ago. So we started homeschooling in January. It's been SUCH a huge weight off our shoulders (the stress of him constantly getting into trouble at school) and far better for Brayden. Homeschooling has been great, but somedays his behavior is just too much. It seems we fight him more to do school work then it takes to just do the work in the first place. Yet other days he gets it done in an hour!
For example, in math we were doing some mental math problems that he had really struggled on the previous week. I had to walk him through all the problems, and when I'd try to get him to do one on his own he'd cry and say he couldn't.
THEN - today I told him that I wanted to see if he could do the problems on his own - using the math manipulatives (like 100's, 10's, and 1's blocks). He didn't even NEED them. He seriously knocked out the whole page in less then 5 min. I couldn't even look up the answers fast enough to see if he was right, and he was right, on all of them. He mentally subtracted problems like 125-30, 57-25, and so on.
Yet after that page was finished he was done. That was all the concentration he could manage. I tried helping him with some word problems next and he couldn't even tell me what 9-8 was. He began to get frustrated and "shut down" on me again.

Are those classic ADD/ADHD signs? My DH is started to see it too and has made a giant leap to discuss medication with a doctor and see if maybe it could help Brayden. We have been a bit unsure, on the fence, about medication *unless its needed* however I'm starting to see signs that maybe Brayden would benefit greatly from it.

Thoughts? Should we schedule a neuro-psych consult? Or can we handle it all through his pediatrician?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-26-2010 - 4:41pm

We trialled medication in my son, when school accommodations weren't working. It was when his timed math scores doubled overnight (literally doubled) that I knew he needed the medication. It's still not easy with him. He still has a ton of issues, but he's better able to get his school work done.

Medication is such a personal thing. I don't regret it in the least, but it took me awhile before I was willing to try it. I wish now that maybe I had tried it earlier.