I have thankfully found my way here.
My wife and I have a fantastic little 7-yr-old son with whom we are just now beginning our journey through dealing with ADHD. I have ready many posts already, describing symptoms and possible treatments and "the process".
We have a great little guy who is very, very smart. He's in 2nd grade now and his teachers have told us that he is border-line genius in math for his age group. I've heard that this is actually semi-common for ADHD kids, true? In subjects other than math he can range from excelling to "just getting by" depending on the day. His writing is very sloppy and nearly unreadable unless we are able to slow him down and focus. Same with his reading. When he slows down, he's great but you can tell when he starts ramping back up again, he looks at the first couple of letters an then guesses at the rest of the word. His current teacher has told us it is actually quite remarkable that he is able to do as well as he does despite his inability to sit still and focus for more than a few minutes. Her experience has been that students with ADHD do far, far worse than our A.J.. He is also exceptionally gifted in athletics and is much more advanced than his peers in any sport/activity he tries. All of these things have caused us to wonder if, maybe he isn't just bored and in need of something more challenging in order to keep his interest. I think there are just too many other things we see, however, for it to be that simple.
The big fear we have is....are we going to be somewhat forced into medicating our lil man simply because that's the only thing that will really work.
I was a child of Ritalin back in the mid 70s when I too was in 2nd grade. Problem was, I kept throwing the pill behind my bed and my behavior never changed. They'd up the dose, I kept throwing it behind my bed. Eventually my mom just gave up on the meds.
Bottom line, I guess, is that we are scared to death of having to medicate our child if it comes down to it. I'd love to get some responses from those of you who could ease my mind about the meds that are out there.