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Posted by Kathy on November 09, 1999 at 14:32:38:

In Reply to: Re: MY CHILD THAT IS ADHD AND ON RITALIN posted by Mary on November 09, 1999 at 09:58:17:

: : I'M A FATHER OF A CHILD THAT 13 YEARS OLD WITH ADHD AND ON RITALIN. I AM DIVORCED FROM HIS MOTHER BUT I HAVE JOINT COUSTODY OF HIM. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TALK TO HER ABOUT TAKING HIM OFF THE RITALIN BUT SHE WILL NOT LESSON TO ME. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT CAN GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION ON THE FINDING ON LONG TERM USE OF RITALIN HE HAS BEEN ON IT SENCE HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD.

: : THANKS.

: I have a couple of suggestions. First off is the Ritalin still helping control your sons symptoms? If they are then your concern about long tem affects is something you would need to ask your son's doctor about. Secondly if you take him off the Ritalin what do you plan on doing instead of the Ritalin to help him with his symptoms?? These are all issues that should be discussed with your son's doctor and any counselors or teachers that are involved as well as your ex-wife and son. Address your concerns with every one involved so that you can all make an informed decision on this matter and be ready to decide what will be done for you son's ADHD should you opt to take him off the Ritalin.

You don't say why that you want to take you child off of Ritalin, or if he is having side effects My oldest son was diagnosed 18 years ago with ADHD, he started taking it when he was in lst grade, he quit when he was sixteen and the peer pressure was too much, he is now 24 and is going to start taking it again, he had NO side effects, has never had a problem with drug addiction. The sad part about our society is the stigma that is attached to the 'label" of ADD or ADHD, that make our children feel even more uncomfortable about themselves, when they already have enough to deal with just to focus and move forward, it was very hard for my son(s) , yes two out of three of my children were on Ritalin,
to get past the other children, as well as teachers that did not care to educate themselves about their problem with attention. Ritalin was an is still expensive and was a huge strain on our family's budget but it was worth it.

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