Originally Posted by DolphinBlu
My 12 yr. old son was diagnosed with ADD a year ago. His Dr. started him on a low dose of Imipramine. I was OK with that, since I didn't want him on any kind of stimulant drug. He also is a very emotional child and has trouble controlling his emotions, so I thought that an antidepressant is what he needed. Also, I have depression and it runs on both sides of the family.
Anyway, he has said that the meds aren't working any more. His grades are going down, in Math especially. His teacher says that she can tell that he has ADD because he cannot keep focused. He is not hyper at all, he just says that when he tries to do school work "his brain thinks of other things".
We are going to the Dr. tomorrow to discuss this issue. I was just wondering if anyone knows of a better medication that I could bring up to the Dr.
Firstly I can totally relate to you!
12 years old is typically a late age to be diagnosed with ADD...but my son was also diagnosed; at the age of 11. His therapist wanted to treat him with either Wellbutrin, or Ridlin...I decided to go the alternative route. I put my son on a smoothie powder called "Learning Factors Smoothie Mix" by Natural Factors, 60mg of Ginkgo biloba,
50mg of B complex vitamin, and 1 Tbsp of Hemp oil (provides the 3,6,9 omega oils.) I will also on occasion put a greens powder in his smoothie.
I started this in September of 2003, his first report card was in Nov. 03
His marks had greatly improved, as did his attitude towards school, his peers (he was very shy,) and the dreaded homework. He also managed to get the same teacher he had last year, and she said 'Whatever you are doing, keep on doing it, he has turned over a whole new leaf!" Yes there is always the off chance that he had matured, or grown out of it, but his Dad sometimes admits he also suffers from ADD, and believe me when he jokes about it I lived the truth...I was once married to it..LOL
So I can only hope I was of some help to you!