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Posted by Mary on December 08, 2000 at 09:20:36:

In Reply to: Tough choice to treat daughter for ADD with Adderall posted by Tiffany on December 06, 2000 at 21:24:09:

: Hi I am appealing to any parents that's faced the decision I am facing at this moment. My daughter is 9 years of age and since basically at an early age, I've suspected there was something wrong with the way she functions on a day to day basis. Now that she is 9 it seems to not to be improving, she is an smart child, but seems not to be able to complete any task, various mood swings, depression, seeks sweets constantly and at times abusive to her siblings. I for many years have dealt with all of this without much support from my husband. Last year when her doctor suggested we put her on something, he had a fit about his child being medicated, finally for the zillioneth time the teachers called us up to the school and after our discussion and him nor I being able to offer any suggestions, he finally realized that the problem is not going away. The doctor subscribed the medication Adderall today for her and surprisingly I didnot fill the perscribtion yet. I've done the natural thing which is to educate myself about everything possible about ADD, symptoms, medications and side affects. Now that I have the perscibtion, I feel overwhelmed with the discision to put her on the medication. I feel powerless to continue to see her not get the full benefits of school and her childhood, because of her disease, but, I wonder if I am creating a bigger problem by medicating her on something that could lead to addictions or who knows what later in life. I know she has a father, who also should play a part in this, but, I feel like he can be so clueless as to what is going on with anything other than his career. I feel so torn and guilty over a decision that could affect my child so drastically. Please offer some support.

I would take you child in for some testing to see if she does have ADD or ADHD. One thing that helped my husband understand the need to medication was his reading the entire report from the ADD testing clinic when it arrived in the mail. One look at what it said and he full well was ready to help our son in whatever way was needed. He is very against drugs that are not needed as his brother commited suicide as a result of years of drug abuse. Hope this helps

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