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Posted by Virginia on September 23, 2000 at 15:23:20:

In Reply to: Son just put on Adderall posted by Tabitha on September 22, 2000 at 21:02:45:

: I have a 9 year old son, just put on Adderall today. I am trying to find out as much information as possible. I would like to hear the good, the bad and the ugly from anyone willing to share their experiences with me.

: I have read some of the stories online and I feel for those parents who have horrific stories to tell. I would consider myself lucky, my son has the temper, but he isn't violent. I would appreciate any help or advice thanks.

: Tabitha
I have been lurking on this site for a few days, and am glad I found it!

My son has been on Adderall for just over a year now. The improvement is dramatic. We spent two years debating over it before considering medication. Beginning in the 3rd grade, his teachers wanted him tested, then another teacher felt it was inappropriate for him. This went on until the 7th grade! He was being seen at a children's counselling center for other problems, and his therapist and the psychiatrist there did not feel ADD was an appropriate diagnosis for him. (He is actually not our biological child, nor is he adopted, in effect, we are foster parents, but have raised him since the age of 1. Mom and dad are involved with him on an irregular basis.) When he started having more difficulties after going into middle school, we knew something had to be done. During a routine physical for football at the beginning of 7th grade, his pediatrician called me aside and said he would like to do some testing for possible ADD. We spent 3 hours in his office that day, and bless that doctor! He started Adderall the next day and it took a month or so to get to his optimal dosage.

Our school system was very helpful in the elementary years, but did a reversal at the middle school level. Since my son is tall for his age (already 6' at 13 1/2) the counselor and teachers tended to view him as a 'bully'. The school did not take the issue of confidentiality in regards to medications as a serious issue either. We had a few go rounds last year over that! I have a real problem with children going to the office for their afternoon meds and having them dispensed at the front desk, in a public area, even having it announced that the child is there for 'Ritalin' or other med, in front of other students. Our child's doctor worked with us to help get his medication dosage so that it would hold him through the day, and he would not have to take it at school. His grades have improved some, although he has always done well in testing. His problems came with daily assignments: not finishing them mostly. The school system has tested him 3 times for the gifted program, and always recommend that he remain in regular programming although they consider him gifted.

Hopefully, he can continue the progress he is making. The 8th grade seems to be his year, so far! Only 2 phone calls from teachers, and school has been in session for 4 weeks already! I know to some people that would seem excessive. But, I have been on a first name basis almost with school staff for years because of the almost daily phone calls!

Good luck Tabitha! There are some good experiences to be found. Thankfully, I have not had the horrific experience that some have had. The only real problem with the schools has been the privacy issue. And, I did tell them that I would discuss it with my attorney if it became necessary. (The school's policy has now changed!)

Now that I have found this message board, I will check it often for news and feedback.

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