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Posted by JenD on September 06, 2000 at 22:20:07:

I am new to this message board, and for some reason I was very hesitant to write anything. I have two little boys ages 6 and 7 who were diagnosed with PDD and autism. They are both extremely hyperactive and not very nice. My mother is helping to raise them and she claims she enjoys them, but I simply can't understand how anyone can enjoy them when their behavior is so horrible. We've tried Ritalin, Dexedrine and now Adderal ( I know I didn't spell the medications correctly) to no avail. They are always screaming and jumping and fighting and biting and generally they just depress me very badly. I feel very bad when other people talk about their children and how well they're doing or what cute thing they said because I can't join in. I just try to stay quiet and hope no one asks about my boys. I feel horrible for feeling so ashamed of them, but I just can't help it. I am very sad and I don't know what to do, any advice on how to deal with this?

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