Parents of ADHD Children
People's unwanted opinions
I don’t discuss my son’s ADHD with many people because I have encountered those who like to freely give their opinions about how I should be managing our son’s condition, especially when it comes to his medication. Some folks either have outdated views on the subject, like my mother in law, or just speak without having all the facts. For reference, my son takes a low dose of Concerta only as needed, which is really only when he’s at school and occasionally for other things. His doctors are aware and have told us giving him breaks is okay to do. A 3-month supply can last us 4 to 5 months during the school year and even longer during the summer.
Not long ago, one of my best girlfriends, a self proclaimed medical know-it-all (but I love her), tried to tell us how we were damaging our son’s health by giving him Ritalin and we needed to stop. My husband shut her down quick and said - 1. we got it covered and don’t need your help, and 2. he doesn’t even take Ritalin. After that, she said no more.
I’m not alone in this am I? Does anyone else encounter friends/family who think they know more about your child’s condition than you do?
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