Personal stories about taking medications for ADHD
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Parents of Michael, age 11: We thought that
our son had a learning disability. He seemed "spacey" at times. When he was
little, he couldn't pay attention long enough for me to read an entire book to
him. As he got older, he did poorly on standardized tests at school. A
psychiatrist finally diagnosed him with ADHD and suggested that medication
might be helpful. We are thinking it over and will probably try it. Our son is
old enough to help us with the decision too. I'm sure he would be happy to have
some help staying on task at school and with his homework.
Parents of Carlos, age 4: We thought our son
was just a little more energetic than other kids. Then he started preschool. We
got a call from the teacher on his second day there. Turns out he was a lot
more "energetic" than the other kids. We have been working with his doctor and
with the preschool teacher for several months on different ways to get him to
sit still and stay on task. He's made some progress, but he is still a handful.
We are trying to hold off on trying medication until he is around age 6. We
realize that he may always need more than just a little extra attention in
order to succeed in school.
Parents of Ann Marie, age 6: Our daughter Ann
Marie doesn't have many friends at school. Her impulsive behavior is so out of
control that none of the other kids want to play with her. It is hard for us,
because we know what a warm and fun-loving child she is. When our doctor
suggested that she might benefit from medications, we were happy to have an
option that might make it easier for her to get along with her classmates.
Parents of Emily, age 7: We aren't sure what
our daughter's problem is-ADHD, learning disability, depression, or some
combination of things. It's a little frustrating that it seems to be taking so
long to figure it out, but we like our doctor and she has done a good job of
helping us understand why there are no quick and easy answers. Our daughter
isn't hyper like a lot of kids with ADHD, but she can't seem to pay attention
in class and she's not doing well in school. We work with her most nights at
home to help her focus on her homework, and we do not want to put her on any
medication at this point. However, if her grades still aren't up at the end of
this quarter, we may consider trying medication to help her focus.
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Mina Dulcan, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
April 17, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 17, 2008
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