When ADHD Goes Untreated

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When ADHD Goes Untreated
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Tue, 01-11-2011 - 2:18pm

Here is an article from the Huffington Post that discusses the importance of treating a child with ADHD:

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 4:29pm
I think it is a great article, and everyone with a child with ADHD or not should read it.
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Registered: 03-25-2008
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 12:28pm
I think it's right on. My son had a friend who also had ADHD in kindergarten and I remember his mom talking about how she'd never put him on medication, and that down the road he'd go into the military and they'd straighten him out. Sigh. It makes me sad when people don't bother to treat their children who have ADHD because I've seen what a difference medical help can make.
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Registered: 03-27-2008
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 9:41pm

Hey,I'm a lurker here :smileyhappy:

I am an adult with ADD diagnosed as a child.I was put on Ritalin for a while but was taken off as it was too sedating and my parents felt bad keeping me on it. I have since learned that maybe the dose was too high or I needed a different med.

Anyways I really feel I was done a disservice by being taken off the meds.I was so impulsive and would do mean things to kids in school.I did not want to,I wanted to have friends but I could not control my behaviour.I remember when I was on the RItalin I could control my behaviour.I was only 6-7 at the time but I clearly remember how much more in control I felt. I spent my school days being bullied,not included as my behaviour was anti social. Kids were not allowed to hang around with me,I would not get invited to parties that the whole class went to.As I went into high school I was bullied had few friends and had a major depressive episode.

I am sure that if I had been properly medicated things would have been much better.It's nobody's fault my parents just didn't have the information.

I think that all of you parents who are choosing to medicate your kids are doing the right thing for them.It is so so important to feel like you belong.

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Fri, 09-30-2011 - 10:08am
Thank you so much for sharing your story! I'm sorry for all that you went through as a child, I hope that life is treating you much better now. How has ADD affected you as an adult?

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Fri, 09-30-2011 - 2:05pm

Since our kids were doing reasonably well in school, with their intelligence pulling them along,

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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 10:06pm
It was a good article, and I believe that each family should decide what works best for them. For us we chose not to medicate because not enough research has been done on the long-term effects of these meds on kids.
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Thu, 10-06-2011 - 1:06am
It is ridiculous to say <<<...not enough research has been done on the long-term effects of these meds on kids...>>. Dexamphetamine (Adderall, Dexadrine, etc) has been used for attention disorders since 1937, and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, etc) has been used since 1956. Ritalin was invented because it does NOT have the misuse potential of Dexadrine, and has been used safely and effectivly by children and adults for FIFTY YEARS. MY children have been taking Ritalin, and then Concerta, for EIGHTEEN YEARS with no problems. Find another excuse.
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Registered: 09-27-2011
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 12:10pm

My 8yo daughter is just recently diagnosed, but we are not yet to the point of talking medication, though I think that's the discussion for next week.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 12:36pm
(((HUGS))) Lee Ann, if you find the right meds, her personality won't be affected. She'll just be able to function better. I know it's a scary road to travel, we'll be here for you.

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 10:51pm
The right meds, at the right dose will NOT change anything but her ability to concentrate, simple as that.

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