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Posted by alisa on May 08, 2000 at 10:21:53:

My 16 year-old son was recently diagnosed with ADD-inattentive type and a mild learning disability in auditory processing. The reason it took until 16 to diagnois is that:
1. he is not hyperactive at all and
2. he has a very high IQ which has helped him compensate for the LD part.

Between 8th & 9th grade, he went from a public middle school to a small private Christian school. Because the school is much smaller (about 65 per hs grade as opposed to about 500-700 per hs grade in our zoned ps) he generally has less distraction, but on the other hand, there are no ADD/LD programs in place.

We decided to have him tested because my husband found a list of symptoms for ADD-inattentive on the internet and they fit our son to a T. After IQ, acheivement, and several TOVA tests, the ritalin dose was set at a very low 2.5 mg 2 or 3 times a day, but even with that small dose, he says it makes him feel "weird" and "puts him in a really bad mood" after about an hour. This has been confirmed by his girl friend. He is a very serious athlete and a strong Christian boy. He is completely against putting anything in his body that will hurt his athletics or his Christian walk, so... when he found out that ritalin was an addictive drug and that he didn't like the way it made him feel, he started refusing to take it.

His Dr. wants to try him on Adderall, but I don't know if this will be any different that Ritalin for him. Plus, it is so late in the school year, that I don't know if we would have enough time to see if it will work on him or not.

I think he would be willing to try a natural alternative, but I don't know what that would be. I have seen several sites on the internet on pine bark and fish oil, etc... but they are extremely expensive compared to ritalin and adderall which are covered by our insurance.

Additionally, my son may be at a real disadvantage since he lives in a household where his biological parents are still married to each other and still love each other, has a stay-at-home mom, attend\ church regularly, and are involved in all of his sporting and school activities.

I would like to know about any success or failure stories with natural alternatives.

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