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Posted by Pearson B on June 15, 2000 at 04:01:07:

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

: We have a fourteen year old son who refuses to go on any medication. We have explained to him that it will help him in school and keep him focused, but he still refuses to and says we can make him! He has been on Dexidrin and it really made a difference in him, however this was only for a few months. He says he doesn't want to take any drugs, but we happen to know that he has tried pot before and are worried this will continue.....even though he denies ever trying it! We find him to be very arguementive, aggressive, always right and never wrong, and just doesn't see the way things really are. He has been in school for just over a month now and is kicked out for three days as he was being aggressive with another child. We have told him that anymore problems in school and he will be taking the medication. His reply, "you can't make me". I wish we could just make him realize that the medication does help. Perhaps he really does like being the way that he is? Any help regarding this matter would be great! and yes our child was diagnosed with ADD two years ago, thankgoodness as a mother I always knew there was something wrong but was never sure what it could be.....

Hey, I was on an Ritalin a few years back and I decided to stop taking it even though it did help me concentrate. Talk to your kid about why he wants to give it up, I stopped because even though it helped, it was not worth the downer I felt at the end of the day. I guess I built up an emotional addiction to it but during my downers and shortly after my quitting I became suicidal. I am glad that i have stopped and my life has taken a turn for the better, I can now concentrate using other drugs, try talking to the kid's doctor about changing his perscription.

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