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Posted by Mary on December 18, 1999 at 02:05:38:

In Reply to: Re: Should I medicate 5 yr old daughter? posted by SCOTT on December 17, 1999 at 20:34:17:

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: : My daughter has been diagnosed ADHD since age 3. We have tried her on several meds and all of them had bad side effects so we stopped giving it to her. NOw she is in kindergarten and I see that she cannot remain focused for anything- she really isn't hyper, just cannot pay attention. Does anyone know of a good med that I can ask doctor for with low to no side effects?

: HI, IM A FATHER WITH AN EX-WIFE THAT HAD MY SON DIAGNOSED WITH ADD. SINCE THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE hAYDEN NO LONGER EXIST. IVE SEEN MY OWN SON DIE WHILE LIVING. ADD IS A DOCTOR MADE DISORDER! I HAD ONLY A FEW WEEKS TO SHOW THAT HAYDEN WAS JUST A HIGH STRUNG KID. KIDS NEED TO BE WORE OUT IN THERE DAILY ACTIVATIES. YOU HAVE TO FIND MORE TIME AND BECOME (IF YOUR NOT ALREADY) AN ACTIVE AND MOBILE PERSON . SITTING (WATCHING TV) WILL NEVER WORK . IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY LOOKED INTO THIS PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO SO. MOST DOCTORS ARE PRO ADD . ALERGIES!!!!!!!!! AND ENVIORMENT. TOO MUCH CONFUSION IN THE HOUSE? TO MANY PARENTS? OLDER KIDS ACTING AS PARENTS? SEARCH EVERYWHERE BEFORE A DRUG IS USED. ADD DRUGS KILLS KIDS AS WE KNOW THEM
: I HOPE I DIDNT SCARE YOU THIS THING SUCKS AND MOST OF US DONT HAVE A SAY ABOUT IT

My son has ADD and was properly tested for it. I am sorry if your child got a wrong diagnosis. My son is not at all high strung but the ADD really cuts into his concentration. I would love to have you take my place 5 nights a week helping stay on task with his homework. Just getting his nightly assignment done is a 1to 1 1/2 hour chore. My husband can't even begin to deal with this task. For us trying medication as well as other techniques has been our best resource to try. Our child is well behaved and gets plenty of attention and 1:1 with us. By no means do I think medication is the cure all for every ADD child but when a true diagnosis is made based on test results then I think parents should discuss there options with their physician including things such as drugs and side effects, alternative treatments and what ever else the doctor may suggest.

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