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Posted by Amy on December 22, 1999 at 19:35:14:

In Reply to: A.D.D. CHILD REFUSES TO TAKE MEDICATION......... posted by Frustrated Parent! on October 07, 1999 at 21:21:20:

I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 12 and took a varity of combinations of medications that caused many adverse side-effects. As a result I stopped taking all medications when I was 15 against my parents' and doctors' wishes. I continued to see a pychologist who taught me relaxation techniques and alternative learning styles to manage the disorder. My teachers did what they could to adapt their teaching style and give me plenty of opportunities to ask questions and tutor me outside of class when neccessary. I very proudly graduated from one of the top high schools in the country and although I have not finished college I am gradually attempting to. My biggest problem now is not concentrating on my goals, but setting them. Once I have a clear direction in front of me I am able to accomplish just about anything.

I encourage anyone with ADD to look in to alternative treatments. Even if you decide medication is neccessary, there are so many other things that will help you manage what the medication does not.

To the parent that originally wrote this. Please listen to what your son has to say about why he doesn't want to take any medication for his ADD. There are people like me who's body chemistry doesn't interact with the traditional treatments. I seem to hear about more choices all the time. Maybe he is willing to try something else.

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