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Posted by Rob M on September 25, 2000 at 11:51:41:

In Reply to: Re: 9 yr old on adderall posted by Debbie S. on September 22, 2000 at 00:39:52:

Your kids sound like me. I am 25 and was diagnosed ADHD just 2 years ago while in college. Expect behavioral problems such as sneaking out of the house during teenage years. A good way to aid getting to sleep in to cut the final dose of the evening...and Celestial Seasons makes some great teas such as Sleepytime tea and Mood Mender. Sweeten with sugar or honey, for this will give a quick energy boost followed by the graceful crash into sleep. Turn this time of drinking the tea into a time to spend with your child, reviewing tomorrow's activities, planning goals, and forming the action steps to do so.

In my experience, suggestion is the ultimate way to support ADHD kids. Because we tend to look for deeper meanings in things, spend that evening time with your child. The tea really helps. I found when first taking adderall that it was not falling asleep that was the problem, it was getting into bed. I would procrastinate on resigning to relaxation. But the teas have been the best thing to at least get my schedule oriented to resigning to sleep. Doing this, subtly you give your child the message that you care, that a schedule is important, and that taking care of yourself brings rewards. Good Luck and God Bless. Email me if you have any other questions if you like.

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