Posted by Karen
on March 01, 2000 at 10:44:03:
In Reply to: Re: is adderall really right posted by Shea on February 20, 2000 at 17:59:44:
: : I have a 12 year old boy who is on adderall. He has been on medcations since he was almost 5. I do not think any of this meds. work he has been on probably any kind you can think of. He is getting terrible grades at school he does not get along with his family at home. He is like out of control and his Dr. is about worthless. We have seen so many Dr. and been hospitalized. I really don't know what else to do. I am afraid he is going to hurt one of my other sons or himself. Yesterday he kicked me and then ranaway not the first time. We found him and he is home but still the same situations are here. If anyone has any answers please let me know. Mother really loves her son and needs some help Thank you!!!!!
: I dont know if violence is really an add trait. It sounds to me like he might have something other than adderall. If he is not positive for ADD the drug you are giving him may be making him worse. He sounds to me like an anti-depressent might benefit him more than a stimulant. Anti-depressents have been proven to be effective in some persons. Good luck.
I agree with the above follow up. Too high a dose of adderall or any other stimulant can cause the behaviors you are mentioning. Also giving a small dose of antidepressant could calm the behaviors if your son is truely ADHD. Make sure you talk to a qualified child "psychiatrist" these are the only Drs. qualified to know the effects of these types of medications. Another thing that comes to mind is that your son may either simply be depressed,or bi-polar (Manic/Depression), or have what is known as ODD(Oppositional Difiant Disorder). These can be treated outside of the ADD, and according to my Dr. should be treated first. Some children simoply cannot take Stimulant medication. Treat the mood disorder first. Believe me I have researched these issues everyday for the past 2 months. Great book for you to read: Author: Barkley. Treating ADHD 2nd Edition Best of luck. If you want to E-mail me feel free: firstname.lastname@example.org