Parents of ADHD Preteens
Daughter doesn't want to take meds anymore
My daughter, who just turned 10, has decided she doesn’t like taking meds and feels she is better off without them. We happen to have run out of meds and have to wait for a dr’s appt to get a new prescription. These past 3 days have been difficult. it is very obvious to everyone else that without the meds, she is difficult to be around. She seems to be enjoying the crazed, almost manic, behaviour - but no one else is.
So, how do I explain to her that she needs the medication without making her feel bad about who she is? She claims she doesn’t need it to do her schoolwork, and I believe she likely doesn’t. She does, however, need it for social awareness and emotional control. It feels wrong to me to tell her that it is hard for friends and family to be around her when she is talking constantly, continuously impeaching people’s personal space and crossing boundaries, and over reacting - whether positive or negative - to every stimulus.
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