Parents of ADHD Children
Stimulants vs Nonstimulants
My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in August of last year. She also has sensory issues. She started on Focalin XR and was doing better but having rebound issues at the end of the day and had a bit of a decrease in appetite. She was switched to generic Adderall XR due to cost/insurance. We noticed her appetite decrease even more. She lost 13 pounds in four months, so we decided to take a break from the stimulants. She was also getting very moody and more argumentative. She was also becoming hypersensitive, if you will (freaking out if the dog licked her pants, for example). We hoped that we could find a more natural way to treat the ADHD symptoms, but nothing has really worked (essential oils, supplements, diet, etc.).
I was reading Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley last night. In the book he mentioned that kids with anxiety might actually do better on nonstimulants since the nonstimulants (like Strattera) can also help decrease the defiant and oppositional behaviors and that the stimulant medications can actually make the anxiety worse. We think that anxiety could also be an issue for her since her dad and I both suffer from anxiety. In fact, I am going to see my own doctor tomorrow about going back on meds to help my own anxiety.
Our daughter has an appointment on Wednesday to discuss our treatment options. We are probably going to go ahead and try the Strattera and if that does not help maybe think about going back to Focalin XR or trying a different stimulant (not generic Adderall XR). Our doctor did tell us that Strattera probably will not help as much with the hyperactivity as a stimulant would, but that it was worth trying. If it will help with anxiety, that would be an added bonus.
I was just wondering if anyone from their personal experience had any input as to which they had found most beneficial for their situation (stimulant vs. nonstimulant).
Thank you so much for any insight you can offer.
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