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I Never Believed It Was Real Until My Son

My son is 6 years old and just got diagnosed with it. I knew from the beginning that something was different about him. He is different from other children. In good ways and bad. I never wanted to belive that he might have ADHD. But he has been having trouble at school and at home. The main problem is school. I didn't want him to fall behind and struggle. I took him to the doc and he is now on Concerta. It is working pretty good for him so far. I also have him in counseling too which is helping. If anyone has any advice I would surely like comments. :)
marinewife24 marinewife24 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 20, 2008

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i knw were your coming from one of our boys has adhd it sounds like your heading in the right direction and it does get better (our boys 20 now)

Thank you very much for the advice. It's so nice to hear from someone who is going through the same thing. Is your older son doing better now a days?

My oldest is now 28 years old, and yes, he is doing better but I think he would be doing even better if he had received treatment sooner. He only sporadically takes ADHD medicine and as an adult has behaviors I think can be attributed directly to his adhd condition. He is still very impulsive, very poor money manager and has trouble looking ahead. However, compared to how he was doing at 16, I am thankful he is doing as well as he is. Good luck to you and yours.

You will read things, or run into people, who say there is no such thing as adhd. They will imply, or just come right out and say, that parents who put there kids on meds for adhd are just lazy, taking the easy way out, etc.



Try not to rip their heads off, and just realize they do not have anyone close to them who really has adhd. for if they did, they wouldn't be so ignorant on the topic.



There are two books I would strongly recommend you read if you want to know more about this condition and all it entails.

"Driven to Distraction" and "Answers to Distraction", both are by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.



You are doing the right thing for your son. I wish my oldest had been diagnosed sooner, I think if he would have gotten the medicine he needed at age 6, he wouldn't have had all the negative school experiences that turned him off to school and by the time he was a preteen, taking his medication would have been second nature. Instead, he resisted taking his medication, to the point he eventually refused to take it. He didn't want to be different, he didn't want to stand out and he felt taking the medication made him stand-out and made him different. Unfortunately, not taking the medication made him a lot different and stand out much more, than taking it ever did.