Parents of ADHD Children
Taking the Summer Off Meds
I just wanted to hear other parent’s experiences when taking summer holidays off from meds.
My 9 year old (almost 10) was diagnosed with ADHD (combination type) when he was 7. He takes 30 milligrams of Vyvanse on school days. We give him the weekends, vacations and summers off the medication as it helps with sleeping, and eating.
So, we have been off medication since Wednesday and he is off the wall crazy. There are rebounds, but this is nuts. Last summer was awesome when he was off his meds. Vyvanse works great for him, but he loses a little of his sparkle on it. Last summer, after his first full school year on the meds, was awesome. His fun personality was back - and for most of the summer, I wondered if he even needed the meds anymore. He did summer tutoring and the teacher went on about how focused he was.
Fast forward to this summer (well, the 5 days since school has been out) I don’t recall him being this out of control at any point last summer. When I say out of control, I mean taking stuff apart (including all of the stuffing out of the couch and couch cushions because he was “curious” about what was inside). He isn’t harmful or mean… just goofy. Beyond goofy really, arm farts, burping, writing all over himself with sharpies…. He is a one kid comedy show.
If it were just him, I could handle it - but he has 3 younger siblings, none of whom are affected by ADHD. But once our oldest goes down the silly trail, the other 3 follow.
Anywho - I just wanted to find out others experiences about taking holidays from the meds. If you have experienced this type of goofiness from your children.
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