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Over the years, the school has repeatedly stated that my son has a hard time concentrating. In kindergarten, the school had an assessment to look for ADD/ADHD, at that time, they said he had ADD tendencies. I was dead set at the time to put him on any medication, after all he had all G's & S' (A&B's) on his report card. Which continued thru the 3rd grade.

Now my son is in 4th grade and doesn't seem to have any harder time concentrating. But this is the 1st year he has actually had letter grades and he is failing 2 subjects (D&F). We have been working really hard on these 2 subjects, but his concentration level is not there. In the middle of reading a chapter, he will go off on a subject that has nothing to do with the book. Now that I am watching his behavior, I am seeing more of an ADD/ADHD tendency. Like just blurting out things that have no relevance to the discussion.

When my husband talked to our son, he said he has "so much" going on in his head it is hard to concentrate. We talked to our physician yesterday and discussed the option of medication. I filled out the questionnaire (I didn't talk the school, they would be happy if the entire school was medicated!). The MD called me back today and stated that based on our discussion and the notes from the teacher and my questionnaire, if I wanted, he will place him in 18mg of Concerta.

I guess I am just looking for someone to tell me that I will not cause my son any long term affect for putting him on medication.... I just want him to succeed in school and if this can just give him the edge that he needs...

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Name: [email protected] | Date: Dec 11th, 2005 10:33 PM
Hello
I have a few different adhd support groups online. And I have one in brentwood nh a chadd support group.
My son has adhd and he is 9 years old . He is in the 3rd grade and is taking strattera and it has made such a difference in our lives... I am pretty sure after researching this subject as much as I have that I may have add myself... feel free to stop by and take a look at my online support groups...
yahoo.com/group/CHADDofBrentwoodNH/

yahoo.com/group/SpecialNeedschildrenandfamilies/
 

Name: Mark | Date: Dec 17th, 2005 4:51 PM
I was just recently diagnosed with ADHD and take Concerta,36mg. Just keep searching the internet and read! I just read a med. info article that stated that not only did stimulant drugs (like Concerta) not interfere with brain development but may keep young adhd sufferers from turning to street drugs (especially cocaine). Any long term effects are surely to be almost harmless. After all, the meds can be taken away for other treatments. 

Name: kendyll | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 10:54 AM
i am a 13 year old kid wit ADHD and i can say that for 5 years i have been on the medication and nothing has happened 2 me. i am the smartest in my class, and i take 8th grade math. the medicine helped me focus and brought my grades up a bit. i can now concentrate 

Name: missy | Date: Feb 18th, 2006 7:49 PM
HI, we found the concerta too hard for our son to deal with ...the rebound was difficult and this caused the night time to be too hard. We switched to focalin. Ask your doctor about this. 

Name: A Rivera | Date: Feb 23rd, 2006 12:41 AM
My son is 9 and has been on concerta for 3+ years and although we saw an improvement in the early stages, the doctor kept uping his medication until now at 54mg. And although we saw improvements, the side affects(panic & anxiety) are affecting him. If I had to do it again, I would have never put him on any medication for ADHD and would have instructed him at home 

Name: Di | Date: Mar 8th, 2006 2:09 AM
Dear the Dash Family

In reply in what you have just mentioned. You can only talk to your Doctor and find out as much as you can about the medication. Make a decision about the possible side effects of the medication the long or short side effects.

Unfortuately with any medication it affects all people differently some people develop side effects and others do not. Regarding putting your son on medication you might not know if their are side affects or not with the medication.

Weigh up all positives and negatives aspects about putting your son on medication or not. I think you will make the right decision.

It is a scary decision thinking about putting your child on medication. It is not a life or death decision if they do not have their medication they will die. 


Name: Lacey | Date: Mar 8th, 2006 5:52 PM
I need some help to understand my 5 year old with adhd 

Name: Paul | Date: Mar 10th, 2006 7:17 PM
I am 11 years old and i want help please to be good 

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