Yes I have a daughter that is ADHD. She is 8 1/2. She has been on meds since kindergarten. Like you, I knew something wasn't right way before that but honestly doctors won't diagnose them until they are atleast 5 most of the time. She has had to change meds because the first we tried made her have bad stomach pains. She had been doing really good but now it is like it quit working. Or maybe she is becoming immuned to it? It is definitely stressful.
i don't have children with ADHD but i myself was diagnosed when i was 7 & i am now 31 so i've been on meds & in therapy on & off most of my life. when i was younger i was told i wouldn't amount to much, but i've graduated both college & university & have an excellent job in the IT industry. it is SO HARD being a kid with ADHD because of the stigma's attached. its hard expressing yourself, its hard being on meds everyday, its hard sitting still in classes when they're too boring because your brain works too fast... sorry for just jumping in here. i can't pass an ADHD discussion & not put my nose into it.
My son is 5 and has just be diagnosised with ADHD. I am not sure what to do in terms of medication, I was hoping therapy along with dietary changes would help...PLEASE does anyone have any advice on where to start?
my son is 12 and he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 , he started having problems in kindergarten his teacher said he wasn't paying attention and that he was pestering the other kids. it was very upsetting to me because when i brought it to my doctors attention she would dismiss it and say hes just being a boy. i finally had to switch doctors. my son takes concerta 54 mg. and it seems to be doing the trick, he starts junior high this year so we shall see. i can tell a difference in his behavior when hes not on the meds so i am not about to take him off yet , although the thought often crosses my mind because his growth as far as heigth has been delayed. i just have to think whats more important smarts or size? but why should we have to choose!
My daughter first started Adderall in kindergarten and it was amazing the difference, however she started having bad stomach pains and feeling sick to her stomach so bad that we had to change. She already wasn't a big eater anyway and is pretty small. The doctor changed her to Ritalin LA lowest dose. The long lasting so that it would work through school and also the regular ritalin in the afternoon. It is much better on her stomach, however she does not really want to eat afterwards so I make sure she eats before taking it and give her vitamins. She also gets prett hot not long afterwards. I believe that is a side effect too. But the meds for adhd all have some side effects of sick stomach and not wanting to eat so they do monitor weight real closely. Madison gained 3 pounds this last time after 2 months so I am glad about that.
My son is 14 and has been officially diagnosed since he was 6, and unofficially since he was 5. We have tried most meds that have been out there. I was hesitant to put him on meds prior to ruling out other medical issues (food allergies, hypo (or hyper) glaucemia (sp?), diabeties, etc. When all those were ruled out, we tried Ritalin to start and immediately there was a difference in his ability to focus, follow-through and behavior. We (and he) can tell when he is on or off. He has been on Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, and Daytrana, some regular and some slow-release. He currently is on Daytrana which is Ritalin on a patch. It works well for him, because he has a very fast metablolism and burns through meds taken orally about twice as fast as should be (ie., if the extended release is supposed to last 10 hours, he gets 5 to 6 hours, max) However, because of the insurance we have, it is very expensive. We tested him with Focalin XR this summer and he really liked it and as soon as I am done with the patches, we will be switching him to that as a test.
Unfortunately, once you find a dosage that works for your child, it can be affected by growth, hormonal changes, illness, and weight gain, so you do have to keep on top of it. What works for your child today, may not work next month. My son's appetite has never been effected by the meds, nor has he really struggled with sleep (also can be a factor)
Some great resources are:
http://addwarehouse.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/article3.htm (this is a medication chart, if you have been trying medications that have the same base, METHYLPHENIDATE or DEXTROAMPHETAMINE, and you are not seeing the results that you want, you may want to try a med from the other base)
http://www.additudemag.com/ (has lots of ideas and research)
http://www.chadd.org/ (area support groups)
If anyone has any questions, let me know.