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Posted by Don Fox, MS, LCSW on January 12, 2000 at 11:18:35:

In Reply to: How to motivate my ADD child? posted by RRobert on January 08, 2000 at 20:02:59:

: I have a 12 year old daughter with moderate-severe ADD, on adderol and clonidine, as well as depakote for mood stabilization. She can't seem to get anything accomplished; will sit in her room and read magazines or listen to music instead of doing homework, going to bed on time, etc. I end up nagging to get things done, but it doesn't help. She has been late to school so often (because she doesn't get up and get ready, so she misses the bus) it's interfering with her work... Checklists just get ignored, she hasn't watched TV in weeks, I just took her off the basketball team (doesn't get ready for the games, so she ends up missing them).
: Does anyone out there have any suggestions which may actually work, and possibly help instead of hinder her self esteem?

Having been a therapist for over 20 years I find that the medical community have a tendency to go in extreams over medicate or undermedicate. While I don't know the particulars in your case I question the amount of medication. There seems to be a kitchen sink approach. If what you are doing does not work, and it does not seem to be doing what you want then consult another specialist. God only knows there are different oppions and you can be sure that not one program will work for every person, child or adult. The doctor you are seeing should be willing to listen to you and the ineffectiveness of the curnet meds. If not get someone who will listen and try other things.

You shold consider age and psychological makeup in the total equation. If not you may miss the boat all together. You have a right to be heard and have different approaches tried. What might work for a hundrend may not work for you.

Good luck,

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