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Name: Sean | Date: Apr 26th, 2008 1:12 AM
I am a 12 year old boy who has ADD,ODD,ADHD,and a mild case of OCD. I am on medicine and it works pretty good. you have to experiment with different medicine. I was on this one medicine and it made me suacidle. Even though im on medicine I still fell like an out cast even though alot of people like me . some times it seems hope less. like theres no poit to live. if your kid gets like that the best thing 4 him might be to let him deal with it himself. it works 4 me. 

Name: connie | Date: May 30th, 2008 12:04 AM
Wow- I just found this site. I have read your posts. Feeling like an abused woman - yes. Feeling like a bad parent - yes. Fearing all phone calls from the school - yes. Wonderful bright 6.5 yr old son - yes. Evil and beyond reasonable a lot - yes. Sweet and loving and compassionate on the other side - yes. School system thinks he is bi-polar, adhd, depressed and on and on - yes. Feeling like I have zero or less control over him - yes. Have virtually taken away all of his toys at various times - yes. Seeing a therapist - yes.

If I would have started researching this years ago, perhaps I wouldn't feel so helpless today. I kept waiting for him to outgrow his tantrums and obnoxious language and actions. Obsesses about genitals and tractors. OK, that is a guy thing primarily, but the rage and increasing violence...I have bruises all over my arms, scabs from his biting and clawing, and a house that looks like it should be condemned as the result of an internal tornado.

And mostly...I want my baby back and I want to help him. 

Name: Crystal S | Date: Jun 9th, 2008 9:25 PM
My son is 9 and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 5 he has been on ritalin la 30 for about 2 yrs now and it is working great. We tried other meds but they didn't work.. Now his father and I have joint custody with him being the primary and his father isn't giving him his meds and he isn't sending any when i have him.. I"m at my wits end with all this i'm not sure what to do or how to deal with it. when my son has his medication he acts like a normal 9 yr old (playing video games, watching t.v., ect.) without meds is a holy terror . I also have a 8 yr old daughter whom i have full custody of and it seems that when he is arround her she has to act out because i am constantly paying attention to my son. I don't know what to do...Please Help!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Name: chantelle | Date: Aug 17th, 2008 7:50 PM
not nice as a mother to can your son ood 

Name: brandy | Date: Sep 17th, 2008 4:10 PM
Hi evette,
My name is Brandy and I have a seven and fifteen year old with ADHD and ODD. It is a hard struggle especially with my seven year old. He was on concerta which worked well for him, then the doctor changed it to adderall. He was also on chlonodine but it was too much for him which caused an overdose of his medication but he is also on trazadone which helps him sleep at night, I understand what you are going through as well, doing it by yourself without a lot of help from husbands. I also live in michigan. I feel that the doctors just want to drug them up instead of getting to the bottom of the behaviors. they seem to think that medication will just cure their behaviors but it is not tha simple. I wish there were more doctors out their to help with these disorders instead of drugging them up. 

Name: maribel dejesus | Date: Dec 9th, 2008 3:42 AM
need to talk to some one on getting help and learning more on this 

Name: AM | Date: Dec 16th, 2008 3:27 PM
my son is now 13, he was diagnosed about three years ago by dr. add and odd. he has been on different meds , i've went throught the parenting classes, i've tryied the rewards chart. nothing seems to work. he was in a regular school they didn't know how to deal with his behavior, so they kept kicking him out. three years ago i got him placed in a special needs school. my son is getting violent with his teachers. only i think because they are in his face when he his a problem. with odd childern you are suppost to give them a little space to calm themself down, but with the teachers in his face, he will get violent. one thing i have learned never think it's your falut as a parent, we did nothing wrong. my son is on probation for doing something a so called friend told him to do. because of the violent behavior i got to to the worst thing a parent could do or go throug. the violent behavior at school is a probation violation, so i got to watch my 13 year old child be schacled (hancuffed) and sent to detention. with the understanding that when he gets out if he messes up again, he will be going right back. so i have to try to deal with the fact i might be lossing my son. he's odd do you really think he isn't going to get mad about something. his probation officer tells me he can contol it. something i told he is my son does have a medical condition, but because you can't see it like downs kids or some other chariteristic, they don't think anything is wrong, they just think he's doing it because he isn't getting his way. any advice 

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Name: Samantha | Date: Dec 20th, 2008 2:57 AM
Wow, reading all these sound just like me! Especially the one where she said he never grew out of his terrible twos!! That is so identical to my feelings about my son. It was like the day he turned two his whole personality changed and so I waited through it, and then three, and then four...by four and a half... I knew something wasn't right! He's soooo smart and yet has so many issues. Recently he was finally diagnosed with ADHD and ODD and he has some OCD like traits because of his intelligence. He also met most of the asperger symptoms but was lacking in one area that made it not a total diagnosis. I would not recommend Adderall...it was not a good choice for my son at all. Right now he's on ritalin 5 mg. three times a day and clonidine three times a day. He is starting to be like a normal kid his age...just a smart one. After the years of struggle...it's like a miracle and I finally have some hope back! I do have a home mediator coming out once a week, he's also in occupational therapy and play therapy...but so far i'm not seeing much progress with those due to the fact that as soon as we get there, he shuts down and won't talk to ANY of them. It's so frustrating but now we're working on a plan on figuring out why he is shutting down there when all anyone is trying to do is to help him. But to those of you frustrated...feeling like bad parents....there is hope and we are NOT! Some people have NO idea what we deal with on a daily basis emotionally and mentally. It's exhausting, but we have to keep pushing on, for these incredible little humans who we would die for. They can't help themselves, we have to help them. Alrighty, I shall return! 

Name: Samantha | Date: Dec 20th, 2008 3:01 PM
BTW for all you parents out there thinking drs. are trying to drug up kids, if they HAVE been diagnosed with ADHD and/or ODD ...the fact and science of the matter is is that their brain chemicals aren't doing what other peoples do...the only way to help those brain chemicals and synapses fire like they are supposed to is an outside chemical intervention(medication)....so just go with it. It's like depression or anxiety attacks...people who have a depressive disorder, or anxiety disorder, without medication, the depression comes and goes as it pleases with no control by the human. As do anxiety attacks. Medication, helps those little dudes in the head fire like they are supposed...it's a fact of life. They cannot change their behavoirs or control themselves if their brain isn't firing the right "cylinders" at the right times!! But therapy is a good compliment to medicine. BECAUSE once their brains can function at a normal speed, they will be able to easier absorb the skills the therapy is trying to teach.... 

Name: sheni | Date: Dec 21st, 2008 4:45 AM
i think you should wait untill they get older it is natrual for some people my son has adhd and i know he will grow out of it 

Name: samantha | Date: Dec 23rd, 2008 4:51 AM
they don't grow out of it. My ex was adhd as a child, and still is...same goes for my husband...their behavior and abilitie and things they do with their energy changes...they don't grow out of...and if they do it's pretty rare. 

Name: Tammy | Date: Feb 14th, 2009 8:18 AM
We think my 4 yr old son may have ODD. They haven't given us any thoughts on medicine yet- he just started therapy. I'm at my wits end- he doesn't listen and everyday at preschool he ends up throwing tantrums or screaming in anger when things don't go his way. I'm 5 months pregnant and it's really stressing me out! 

Name: jayne | Date: Feb 22nd, 2009 11:26 AM
I am sitting here in tears! i dont know where to turn anymore. I feel some what relieved that you guys know exactly what im dealing with, with having a 6 yr old boy dealing with adhd but more so odd. But at the same time im so sadned that there are so many precious children struggling with this hell!!! My son has just started Ritilin 5mg, which helps him for about 2 hours at school then i believe it makes him worse for the rest of day. Due to being 10 weeks early only weighing 2 lb he is still so tiny and it scares the hell out of me that this drug has already supressed his appetite, and stoping him falling asleep. apparantly premature birth or low birth weight is a huge contributing factor in these disorders. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! your damed if you do your damed if you dont. I justfeel so much pain for my boy, he always gets so frustrated with himself he says mummy whats wrong with me i want to be good. It just breaks me. my husband and i are on brink of divorse as he is step dad strugling bad. anyone have any suggestions please??/ 

Name: jayne | Date: Feb 22nd, 2009 12:21 PM
Im back, Well thanks to this web page and the little underlined "adhd? dont read this add" icon just shocked the fxxk out of me and any one questioning Ritilin like i was 30 mins ago will no longer have to worry because my son's last tablet was today. I am deeply shocked and horrified about what i have just read and heard. I cant believe this world could give our children a drug which is on the same classification by law as cocaine and that there have been so many kids die from heart failue due to periods of use from Ritilin and that laws have enabled them to cover this up! VERY INFORMATIVE MUST READ ALL RITILIN USERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Name: carol | Date: Feb 26th, 2009 1:26 AM
I took my oldest son the the doctor today and got the official diagnosis of adha and she wants to start him on I can't even come to say the word "R" I have seen bad thing from other children on it. I am a mother of three children, 2 boys one 8 other4 and a 5month old girl. My husband tries to help however he is deaf. So I deal with everything. This is the last new thing I need to deal with. I want to know what else works for adhd children. please help thank you 

Name: simon johnston | Date: Feb 26th, 2009 10:40 AM
hi i now egsacly what going thou being one of the first people to be diagnosed with adhd in the uk and put on rittilin. now this is the only drug i tried but as i child i realy hated it i would take the tablets and 20 minits later i wouldent feel hungry but i would sit and play stratagy games all day long witch just isent me i felt like i was literaly being druged up but it did help me to sit still and consentait but most of the time i just spat it out now i have son witch i suspect has adhd i dont want him to take rittilin but if he dosent find some thing hes going to have a hard life hope i helped e-mail me if yo want its [email protected] thanks simon 

Name: Niki | Date: Feb 26th, 2009 8:35 PM
I am not a parent,, however these types of disorders are close to my heart. Through reading all of your posts, I have not seen anyone mention Chiropractic. Any intereference in the nervous system can cause these types of symptoms, especially in the area of C1 at the top of the spine. Chiropractors have had a lot of success with ADD, ADHD, autism, and other disorders of this nature. It is another alternative that you might consider before putting your children on drugs, because their little livers have to deal with every drug that is put into their systems. 

Name: denise | Date: Mar 30th, 2009 6:07 PM
i have a 5 and 1/2 yr old daughter with adhd and odd with sleeping issues and takes about 5 pills a day its so hard this is the first chat room i've found 

Name: Anne | Date: May 11th, 2009 2:47 PM
I have a 13 year old boy on 36 mg of Concerta. Things improved slightly, but we found when it wore off in the evening, he became angry and depressed more. We increased to 54 mg but then he became very aggitated and then had tics and was very defiant. I put him back on 36 mg and he seems a bit better. Has anyone had this problem of behaviour once meds wear off? 

Name: liz | Date: Jun 21st, 2009 11:56 PM
my 6yr old daught has adha and odd and is on meds she is out of control. i need help i can't take it any more 

Name: liz | Date: Jun 21st, 2009 11:58 PM
is there any one that can help me control my 6 yr old that has adhd and odd and that is om meds 

Name: tricia | Date: Feb 5th, 2010 6:33 PM
Hi I have a 7 almost 8yr old boy with ADHD and ODD.. Hes been on meds now for about 4 1.2yrs for his ADHD.. Hes been using clonidine(spelling might be wrong but close) and mirtzapine to help him sleep otherwise he will stay up until 2-3am and get up for the day at 5-6am.. He is cuttently struggling in 2nd grade to keep up with his peers and has trouble acting appropriately.,I also have an almost 6yr old girl in kindergarten that is almost completely opposite of my son. She sticks up for him alot when other kids pick on him so i know that helps. I also have a 22 month old daughter. 

Name: vonda | Date: Feb 25th, 2010 9:19 PM
hello i just found out my 10 yr. old daugther has odd and i would like to chat to other parent's on methods they use 

Name: krista wright | Date: Mar 5th, 2010 11:54 PM
hi there you should be worried. I would definatly get a second opinion. I have twin boys and a pediatrican saw them for not even 2 minutes and he said they are ADHD and wanted to put them on meds at 3 years old I went to another pediatrican who spent 2 hours observing and he said that the have Autism Spectrum Disorder and then a team of people then diagnosed them. If I would have listened to that first pediatrican my life would be hell. The boys have come milestones now they are properly diagnosed . So what I am saying is to follow your intuition, so go with what that tells you !!! hope that helps. 

Name: krista | Date: Mar 6th, 2010 12:04 AM
hi is there anything ese that you could do besides medication ? I have a 8 year old daughter with ADHD and ODD and she is getting so bad. I just recently got a diagnosis and I am not sure what the right thing to do is. I also Have twin boys that are Autism spectrum disorder and with alot of early intervention they have come so far!!! Would just doing alot of behavioral therapy work ? My daughter is extremly smart and is not having trouble with school work its the disrespect to teachers and abuse towards the other students and she wants to make friends so bad but no one wants to be around her. I don't even want to be around her she is constantly telling me that she wants to kill me and honestly it scares me so much. I cannot trust her around the other kids. what do I do ? or what can I do? 

Name: joeysmom | Date: Apr 14th, 2010 3:16 AM
My son is five and a half, just started him on ritalin a week ago after he was diagnosed with ADHD. I am a single parent and his dad is in his life, his dad doesnt have the problems i have with him and also says i should be ashamed of myself. It was at the point where EVERYTIME i was in public with my son, he acted out and everyone looked at me like I am the bad parent. MY neighbors all look at me like, what is wrong with your kid. When I pick him up from preschool if i dont let him play at the park all hell breaks loose, I got to the point where I feel like everyones kids arent like mine. His medication has helped alot but I found myself feeling guilty that i have to drug him up just to get him to calm down. I feel as though i am doing something wrong when hes fine with his dad but not me. i will soon be starting him in therapy and counseling to see if I can take him off the meds 

Name: Priya | Date: Jun 7th, 2010 5:20 PM
My older brother had ADHD he also hangs around with bad group of people that get up to no good. Im realy worried about him because i know he gets bullied. I espeically hate it when he doesnt listen to my mum and starts punching the doors in and i have got to the point were i want something done about it hes 19 he don't act like it and hangs around with people younger then him, and he can get invloved with the police is it his fault? i want to help him but don't know how. 

Name: sandra | Date: Jun 12th, 2010 5:54 PM
my son is 9 on the 15th he has adhd he stade back in grad k he is now in the 2ed grad going in 3ed with a lot of truble i feal like thay r pushing him throu school like i was i have a lrning disibility and i dont know wat to do for him i dont want him to fail school becouse the school wont help us. i allso have a 6 year old and he is going to grad k for the second time nex year. 

Name: Stephanie | Date: Jun 15th, 2010 5:10 PM
Hello my son just got diagnosed with ADHD & ODD i dont know how im supposed to feel i feel like people think i am not able to handel my child and the thing is that at home i can handel him but at school is where the biggest problem is so i dont really know am i making the right decission he was put on concerta just yesterday. 

Name: Stacey | Date: Jul 7th, 2010 1:07 PM
I have an 8yr son who has ODD and ADHD he has been on Concerta now for a year and is a sleeping med and takes an afternoon med at 3 but I'm ready to rip my hair out and bang my head on a wall. I just feel like nothing works at all. He sees a therapist 2 times a week but I don't feel it works. he is good in school no problems there it's only at home and it's worse for me then his dad. I don't like him on all the meds but I know that it helps some what. my son has been through alot and has come along way he was born at 24weeks at 1lb 14oz and is now 8 years old he's learned alot with speech,PT and OT but now this ADHD and ODD is the worst. IS there any support programs out there to help parents? 

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