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Just Diagnosed With ADHD (Children)

Parent of ADHD Child - Boy just turned 9

Hi, my son was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD just last year, he also had grommets and learning difficulties when he was 3 he almost lost his hearing from constant ear infections but that is all great now .  Just dealing with my beautiful boy on a day to day basis can get really exhausting I also have my 5 year old girl even she compromises with her brother which is so great. My son is on Ritalin LA and in that time at school he has improved immensely with concentration calmness and the ability to slow down and relax.  I must admit when it wears off after 8 hours he also can get moody or cry at something small or grumpy so its all kinds of moods in which i get upset and try to deal with as my hubby is in denial so basically i am trying to pay attention to both my kids which can be extremely difficult lol tiring you name it.  To top it off first day back at school and a friend of mine lets me know her son is having a sleep over for his bday and yet again my son misses out, sometimes, I want to scream and other times I want to say well my son has a disorder and am doing all i can and yet why cant you be honest and tell me the real reason.  I have found that if anyone is against or negative about my boy I literally stay clear of them and they wonder why.  Please all kids are not perfect and mums do the best they can with their children, very exhausted lol ..

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Hi mishybray!

You are certainly not alone. So many children who take stimulants have the behavior you describe when it wears off, called rebound.

Talk to your son’s prescribing doctor about this. Sometimes they prescribe a short-acting stimulant of a lower dose in the afternoons to reduce rebound, sometimes they switch medications, and sometimes they prescribe a second medication, like Intuniv or Kapvay to help with the hours the stimulant isn’t working.

You should not have to live with such a rotten home life. Keep working with the doctor to find the right treatment to improve all aspects. I suggest counseling as well—my son’s therapist has given me a great number of parenting tools over the years that have improved our home life greatly.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 29, 2014 at 10:09pm

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