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Posted by Theresa on January 04, 2000 at 07:00:58:

In Reply to: son with adhd/odd posted by monique on January 03, 2000 at 10:45:14:

: i have an eight year old with adhd and odd. he was dianosed two years ago. he is taking 10mg adderall once a day at school. he is very small for his age.he has no iep at school except the one addressing his speech needs. the psychiatrist is not helpful. 10 minutes every month for a new prescription and we are on our way. therapist is making no progress. pediatrician wnats nothing to do with him as he does'nt believe in meds for!!!!

You need to get away from those doctors as fast as you can. To begin with, it is highly dangerous for a therapist to see your son for 10 minutes once a month. He should be recieving some kind of behavior modification and counseling to help with the add and odd. Not only that, I feel as though kids with diabilities of any kind have a tougher road to hoe than most other children and desereve the right to talk to someone about their feelings. Secondly, his blood pressure should be checked monthly to see if the dosage of meds are ok with him and his body. As for your pediatrician, I have never heard of any good doctor not wanting to medicate a child that truly needs medicine. That is like not giving someone with asthma and inhaler! In my opinion, I would find yourself a new therapist- someone is there not just for the money, but to help your son. I would also find a new pediatrician who has beliefs like you do and practices medicine the way you see fit for your son. By the way I am on my third doctor for my daughter. I have had problems with doctors in the past also. They tried telling me that my daughter does have adhd, but most of her problem (paying attention and the hyperness) she causes herself- which I know is a crock of crap. I just kept switching doctors until I found one that actually worked with me to find some help for my daughter rather than seeing me for 10 minutes and shoving me out the door.

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