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Posted by Cindy on September 07, 2000 at 15:51:06:

In Reply to: Re: 9 yr old on adderall posted by Margaret on April 25, 2000 at 17:55:53:

: : :I have a 9 year old girl who is ADD. The doctor just prescribed Adderall. I'm very nervous now after hearing all your stories about the aggresive behavior this drug has caused. I hope and pray that this doesn't happen to my daughter. Right now the only problem she has is not being able to concentrate in school. I don't need her becoming aggressive too. Anybody out there have any positive feedback concerning 9 year old girls without the "H"?

: I too have a 9 year old daughter that just today was prescribed Adderall. Like you, I am very nervous about the aggressive behavior that may or may not come along with it. My daughter is a quiet child who's only problem is concentrating on her work at home and school. After reading all of the stories like you have I have major worries too. I was told by her doctor that the medication would simply help her focus. If you hear anything please feel free to email me at [email protected] Thanks to anyone with suggestions or comments. Margaret

My daughter is a senior in high school and we have been on the Ritalin, Dexadrine, and Adderall rollercoaster since she was diagnosed in 4th grade with ADD (no H). Ritalin and Dexadrine seemed to work for the first 6 weeks then we were back where we started. We've spent 6 years trying to balance the doses of these two medications to find the desired results to no avail. At the beginning of this school year we switched to Adderall. She became extremely depressed, wanted to sleep all the time, didn't want to participate in any activities, had excessive mood swings, became verbally abusive (more so than usual), and exhibited an overall violent temperment. This is a child that taught herself to read at 2 years old and is very intelligent yet since 4th grade her grades have fallen dramatically and now gets D's and F's with occasional C's. Her grades were never greatly improved on any of the medications and with Adderall we now have this severe depression and anger to deal with so I've taken her off all medication for ADD. After all we have been through, I truly believe her problem all along may possibly have been Bi-polar related (Manic-Depressive) and have an appointment with the DR. to check this out. Depressed children (a chemical imbalance) express angry, violent, aggressive behavior and are unable to concentrate and sometimes I think this behavior is misdiagnosed as ADD. I hope my experience may help some parents in deciding how to help their children-----I'm still searching for an answer.

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