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Name: Crystal
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My 8 year old son was diagnosed last week with adhd. We see his medical doctor tomorrow to discuss medications. I'm scared to death that we may not be doing the right thing. On the other hand I just want him to be o.k. How do I know that the diagnosis was right? And how do I know if medication is the right thing? Please help.
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Name: Lynn | Date: Aug 5th, 2005 4:49 AM
Talk with your son's pediatrician about all the options. Also talk to the doctor about how the diagnosis was made and whether or not they themselves are comfortable with the diagnosis. I can tell you from my experience though, that it's not always best to have the medical doctor make the recommendation. The child physciatrist that my son sees has helped get my son's meds working for him. 

Name: ELAINE | Date: Aug 12th, 2005 2:15 AM
I can relate. my six year old was first diagnosed at school with mild retardation.And also with adhd they are talking about medicine.And i am not thrilled about it. He will go to school this year a full day.And i am afraid he is going to drive the teachers crazy.I have a friend who put her kids on medicine when they were little. today they are teenagers with drug addictions and health problems.And i too am wondering if they diagnosed my son correctly.Iam just praying that God will give me insight on what to do. 

Name: Chris | Date: Aug 14th, 2005 3:35 AM
Hi Cyrstal, My son is 8 going on 9 next month. He has been on meds since he was 5. This may not help much but I don't think as parents we will ever know if putting our child on meds is right or not. I can only say that as a parent make your decision based on what comes from your heart. Every person you talk too will have a different opinion or suggestion. But no one knows what's best for your child. Also, remember just because you medicate your child everything doesn't go away. It helps but it's not a cure all. As far as knowing if the diagnosis is accurate or not at the beginning its hard to believe and sometimes we don't want to believe. I had my son tested by two different Developmental Pediatricians. These doctors specialize in children with all kinds of learning disabilities. This worked for us since my son was also diagonised with dysgraphia and that was causing him some school frustrations which were not related to ADHD. 

Name: saamie | Date: Aug 16th, 2005 1:45 AM
first, if all the teachers and relatives comment on energy etc
loud talking, impulsive behavior, can't keep hands to himself, rushes through his work...most medical doctors will recommend meds, do try smallest dose to start..we tried 15 mg adderall for 6 yo and it was too much, 10 mg just makes him tolerable to others and he feels more able to achieve things (remember that add adhd kids are almost always very smart) 

Name: Ruth | Date: Sep 13th, 2005 2:51 PM
What kind of docotor and trests did they do. My son was diagonsed at age 4 and is now almost 15. Meds have done wonders for him, just make sure you ask questions about side affects, my sons on Adderall and it had few side affects, if you would like to talk more you can email me at [email protected] 

Name: Angie | Date: Sep 13th, 2005 7:00 PM
Oh you will know if the medication is working. The way I look at it is that the medication slows the adhd child down enough that they can actually enjoy life.You will know pretty quickly if the meds are working. 

Name: Sarah | Date: Mar 13th, 2006 3:30 PM
OK, just claim down and take it easy. Just go to the doctor and ask the doctor all the questions you want to know about the medication. Wait at least a week if you want to go back to the doctor to change anything. See if during that week, your child gets better or worse. Like maybe, he's not his self no more. What I mean by that is, is he having headaches, being lonely to him self, not eating. Things like that. Hope this is help ful to you. 

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