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Posted by Mary on June 02, 2000 at 10:07:08:

In Reply to: ADHD? Adderal? What to do... posted by B. Jay on June 02, 2000 at 08:17:40:

: I have a 7 year old step-daughter. Her mother claimes that she has ADHD, and wanted her on meds. She took my step-daughter to 3 different docs until one gave her adderall. My step-daughter takes 5mgs in the am and 5mgs at lunch time.(This dosage was doubled since first being put on it only a few weeks ago.)
: When she comes over after school she is weepy and has mood swings, not the loveable little girl from a few months ago.
: My husband and I have told her mother that this med. is not good for her, that she does not need it, but to no avail.
: Also my step-daughter is one the oldest in her class, because of her birthday, but she is also the smallest, height and weight wise. Should this be another concern of ours?
: We are at a loss as to what to do.

The first thing I would do is ask the mother for a copy of her ADHD test results and examine those. From the written report of the test results you should be able to determine whether testing showed that she has ADD or ADHD or not. The change for the worse in your step-daughter indicates that this medication is not the drug of choice for her if she does indeed have ADD or ADHD. I for one feel that drugs are ok to use for these things but ONLY when proper testing and a diagnosis is obtained and that means testing at a clinic that specifically tests for these things, then and only then should one consider medication and if you have undersireable side effects or it isn't working properly then the child needs to be taken back to the doctor for adjustment or a different med. As for the child being the smallest even though she is older by birthdate then most classmates...........don't worry about this. My son and daughter are 10 3/4 months apart with my son being the oldest. He too is older than classmates and his sister but she is much taller and weighs more than he does and even looks older than he does. I don't let that bother me since I know he is getting a balanced diet at home and so far has no other medical problems that would cause this. Hope all this helps.

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