High School and ADHD Meds: Our Story

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The high school secretary and I had a special friendship. If Joe or I discovered that he had forgotten to take his Strattera, he could go to the office and she would give him the missed dose. Over several months, it became increasingly obvious that Joe wasn't taking his meds, and it wasn't because he forgot. He didn't want to. So why didn't he want the medication? The bottom line was that they made him feel 'weird'. We'd tried several types, combinations, dosages, and they would work for a while, but Joe felt that they all altered the way he felt. They altered his personality, his appetite, … [Read more...]

New Research Regarding ADHD Medicines: Guilt-Free News

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Do you medicate? Or do you hesitate to medicate? As expert opinions swing from one extreme to another, parents like you are making decisions daily in the best interest of your child or teen. While there’s no such thing as guilt-free parenting, a recent study conducted by the University of Florida should encourage you. The latest research confirms that children who take Ritalin and Adderall (stimulants for ADHD-I) are not more inclined to have cardiac problems during treatment. The study published in British Medical Journal in August decisively answers a ten-year debate regarding … [Read more...]

Today’s God Sighting

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Brock: Like Kayla, I'm from the deep South, but you may have gathered that our family lives outside of the United States. I can't say where, but let's just say that it's a place that takes bureaucracy to a new level. I just got back from picking up Lesley's prescription. I'm stunned because I actually have a 3 month supply. The way prescriptions work here is usually -- we see the locally born doctor who is approaching retirement. He clucks and can't believe Lesley's not put on weight. (Evidently the study of genetics never enters his mind.) He'll ask a few questions -- he can't understand … [Read more...]

ADHD Medicine Melodrama

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I would like to tell you that medicines to correct ADHD-Inattentive are great, and that once our daughter started meds that she immediately began feeling focused, organized, confident, and successful. Yet if that's all I told you, it wouldn't be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Although Lesley was initially diagnosed in fourth grade, we survived without medicine until she was in sixth grade. Because Lesley's my third child and not the first, I wasn't overly concerned. I just knew that she would outgrow her ADHD tendencies soon enough. Unfortunately, the outgrowing didn't happen … [Read more...]

ADHD – Can’t Do It Alone

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I get lots of feedback from newsletters, which I appreciate - and enjoy - very much. One reader, an ADHD mom, had read about my mixed feelings when our oldest son Ron decided to go back on medication. (Ron is in college.) She sent me the most interesting thought. Like Ron, she is on medication, which initially made her feel very guilty. She wrote that she now considers the ADHD medication, "a daily reminder that I can't do it on my own, I have to leave it to God." Cool thought, which I immediately passed on to Ron. By the way, Ron says the meds continue to make a HUGE and important difference … [Read more...]

Medication Reminders

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A mom emailed asking for ideas about how to help an almost ten year old begin to take responsibility for remembering to take his medication in the morning. Here are a few ideas; if you have more, post a comment! ~A friend of mine puts her daughter's medication in a weekly dispenser, and places it beside her daughter's bed. It's the first thing her daughter is supposed to do in the morning - before she gets out of bed. ~And if she forgets...When he was old enough, we had an agreement with the school secretary. If our son forgot, she had a bottle for him at school. He or I could tell her … [Read more...]

Medication for ADHD Kids

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There is nothing that annoys me more than to hear someone make blanket statements about how ADHD should be treated. Our children are individuals, with different personalities, learning styles, diets, educational settings, and home backgrounds. Each child has different body chemistry, too. All these factors combined make it impossible for people to say, "If you'd just do such and so, Susie would be fine." But people do say it, and when they do, it often leaves parents like us feeling discouraged, ineffective, and insecure. I don't want anything I write to leave anyone with those types of … [Read more...]

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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I've always been one who understood the importance of vitamins and other supplements, but never actually took any on a regular basis. I tended to cast a skeptical eye at any natural approaches to managing ADHD, primarily because of all of the hype and theory and unsubstantiated claims that surround them. I also have been turned off by the vitamin guru's that have told me "If you'd just give your child Vitamin X in our special blend, your child will be totally healed." Still, I tried to keep an open mind. At the beginning of last summer, I began studying about Omega 3 fatty acids. The … [Read more...]