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Posted by Lisa B. on April 19, 2000 at 22:03:39:

In Reply to: Eight year old boy wuth ADHD posted by Tim on April 19, 2000 at 14:15:25:

: I have an eight year old son. His school referred me to a psychologist for testing due to behavioral problems, and he has been diagnosed with ADHD and ODD. His grades are A's, but his behavior is a problem in the classroom. His achievement test scores are extremely high (98-99 percentile) and his IQ is 148. At home, he has been sort of a behavioral problem, but he is an only child. My wife is a stay at home mother, and works with him on his assignments and watches his behavior. She and I had a conference with his teacher this morning, and she thinks he should be medicated. The psychologist thinks that medication might be worth a try, and has referred me to a child psychiatrist. Everything seems all right now, but my son says he doesn't want to take medication. I am concerned because we feel it might help him with problems he experiences. I feel sad when I see him working on homework and throw temper tantrums. I feel bad that my wife has to watch him do that every day.

: Does anyone have any advice, or has anyone been in a similar situation such as mine? Please advise us.

: -Tim

My 6 year old son was diagnosed with ADD yesterday. I have talked to several parents who have children on medication. One of them pointed out to me that if my child were diabetic, we would give him insulin. This isn't much different. My cousin's daughter has ADHD. She has been on medication for several years and is now saying she doesn't want to take her medicine. However, it makes such a difference that my cousin doesn't want her to stop. Talk to the psychiatrist. He may be able to explain the situation to your son in such a way that you son won't mind taking the medicine. I know what you mean about being sad seeing your child working so hard. It's difficult to make this type of a decision for someone else, especially our children. But it's important to their future. It isn't any easier to watch your child receive an immunization shot but we know it's for their own good and we do it because we love them. Good luck to you and your family.

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