ADHD Teens and Young Adults
My 13 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD six years ago. He has been on various medications. Currently he takes Concerta in the morning and he was taking Ritalin afterschool. The Ritalin was not working very well so the doctor raised the dosage. Since then he has started to have problems sleeping and his appetite has decreased (I am not really worried about his appetite since he is a little overweight). He has always been my one child that wanted to go to bed early (by 8 at the latest) and awoke around 5:30 in the morning. Since the change in his medication he has been awake until 3AM and sleeping until 7AM. Also, he has never talked that much, now he talks non-stop and can’t seem to form his thoughts into complete sentences. I have talked to his doctor and we took him off the Ritalin in the afternoon and we are giving him a dose of Concerta. Even with this change in his medication he is still not sleeping and is still talking non-stop. We have tried giving him Melatonin to help him sleep but even this is not working. He is allergic to anti-depressants so that is not an option. I am looking for any help on how to get him to sleep again. I don’t care if he stays up later than 8PM (in fact if he would go to bed between 9 and 10 I would be ok with that) but him staying up until 3AM is driving me crazy. He does not have access to any electronics after 7PM so that is not what is keeping him up. Also, I would like him to stop talking all the time since I have 3 other kids I have to give attention to and he gets very upset if one of them needs my attention because he is still trying to get his thoughts out. I appreciate any suggestions anyone has. Thanks for your thoughts.
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