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Posted by Kim on December 07, 2000 at 14:47:22:

In Reply to: Tough choice to treat daughter for ADD with Adderall posted by Tiffany on December 06, 2000 at 21:24:09:

Tiffany, I feel your pain. I too, lived with a son who was difficult to deal with, he could be loving and kind one moment and tyranical the next. I spoke with many teachers and mothers about ADD/ADHD and basically figured out on my own that he was ADD (not hyperactive) I went through the gamut of having the school do all the testing and the results were in - It appeared he was ADD. I had this information for a full two months before I even made the appointment to see a pediatrician. Then I heard a tape by a man called James Dobson, where they discussed what it was like for children that are ADD/ADHD and my heart was broken. I had done all the things that those parents had done, told him he was lazy, yelled at him for not following through on his work, Assured him that if he would just work hard, he would do well in school. Little did I know that this little guy had been working hard, it was just getting him nowhere fast. His teachers assured me that he did try, very hard, but he would forget, almost immediately. I feel fortunate that I found a great pediatrician on the first try (he and his son are both ADHD) so he knew exactly what we had been experiencing. He put my son on Adderoll and the changes have been so subtle, no personality changes, just a more even keel. He is pleasant most of the time and his self confidence is growing daily. I just wish I had started sooner. Fill that prescription, you'll be glad you did!

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