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Posted by Jo on August 03, 2000 at 19:00:35:

In Reply to: Giving Adderall in the summer posted by Laura on July 14, 2000 at 21:30:31:

: My 6 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago. We went the usual route of trying everything else before putting him on the medicine but had to place him on it about four months ago. My problem is that with being military they have switched his doctor for the third time since being diagnosed and each doctor seems to have a different opinion on how he should be given the Adderall. The first doctor felt it should be given all summer if he was having problems at home. Which is what I recently read in an artical is the right thing to do. His second doctor felt he should be given the medicine only when doing extra curricular activities such as bible school. Which is what I am doing. When I spoke with his new doctor today, he was reluctant about giving it to him at all during the summer. It seemed as if he doesn't believe in giving Adderall at all. He did agree to give me a new perscription but went on to say he wanted to see him again before giving it to him for school. I am now so confussed about what to do and unsure if it is best to give the Adderall year round or if I should be giving him a break from it in the summer. Any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Laura

My 12 year old daughter is also on adderall. I, too, am unsure about summer. She stopped it for a few weeks; I noticed she became quite disorganized, unable to complete tasks such as chores, and showed impulsive behavior, such as interrupting conversations and blurting out things she regretted later. She started taking her usual dose of 15 mg in the morning and 5 mg in afternoon; she immedietely became better organized, completed tasks, and became less impulsive. She could sit through a conversation I was having with my mother without interrupting! I guess the question is- how important is it for her to function well in the summer vs. the possible long-term effects of the medication (which no one seems to know.) She has been on the medication for about 6 months, and I worry constantly about our decision to medicate. She does so much better with adderall, but I do worry about long-term effects, and sometimes wonder if it's "really" my daughter when she's on the medication, or just a "preferable version." We all want to do the best for our children; I understand your confusion. My doctor or the psychologist that diagnosed her with ADD have not been very helpful other than diagnosing and medicating. I guess the rest is up to our good judgement. Good Luck!

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