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Posted by Sally on February 02, 2000 at 11:42:06:

In Reply to: 9 year old ADD? posted by Cyndi on January 17, 2000 at 19:30:13:

: We just visited our pediatrician for a physicial and to discuss my child's inability to focus at school, daydreaming, etc. The school had the teacher and us do a written evaluation of the child's behavior at home and school. the school's psych rated the child from moderate to severe in some instances. The doctor advised we seek help and additional test from a psychiatrist that specializes in ADD. No other advice was given by the doctor. The psych seems over eager to have the child go through, what I feel, a lot of tests - some I feel are not necessary. I do not want the child to be subjected to all this unless necessary. HELP! any advice? There has to be something else we can try before all this. Drugs are the last thing we want to resort to. The child does well in school, but does have a problem with focusing and staying focused - no hyperactiveness present, on the contrary it is more the oposite. We can find no one to help with other alternatives. The testing seems a lot to go through to find out if it is the child or the teacher who has the problem.

Please don't be so hard on yourself and the idea of meds. My son is 9 yrs. old and we've been going back and forth for 4 years with the possibility of ADD. He, also, is very bright and I think that has helped to mask the problem. We are finally trying a trial period of ritalin and it has been a GREAT change. It has helped him focus and has taken the edge off of his anger. It's okay to try the med's, if it can help your child. I wish we had tried it sooner. He would have felt better sooner, too.

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