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Posted by Dee on December 03, 1999 at 19:29:12:

In Reply to: ADHD and Ritalin posted by Tammy on December 02, 1999 at 23:37:52:

: My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD today, and the doctor said the only thing they can give a
: child of this age is Ritalin. And every time I mention putting her on Ritalin to someone, all I get is
: horror stories. She doesn't concentrate in school, she daydreams alot and very active. She doesn't keep up with the other children in her work. So I don't know if I should just let things alone and see if she gets better or if I should try the ritalin. Help

I understand your dilemma. My daughter was diagnosed with ADD - inattentive type about a month ago. I heard tons of horror stories and tons of stories praising the meds. I did a lot of research on the net and talked to people off of the message board. I got tons of help from her pediatrician. It finally came down to making the decision about what to do and my husband and I were still very leary of putting her on meds because you don't want to have to do that. My answer came one night when it took Jasmine 2 hours to do a homework assignment that should have realistically taken 30 minutes. She and I both ended up in tears. At that point I decided that she needed it. Not to make it easier for her to do things but to make her able to do them. She's been on Ritalin for a week. A very low dose once a day in the morning. She is doing okay, not much difference. We are considering increasing the dosage and adding another dose in the afternoon. The one thing that has happened since she started taking the meds, is that she volunteered to go in front of the whole class and do a math problem (which is her worst subject) and explain it in front of the entire class. That was great for her - it really boosted her self esteem. That is the only change that either her teacher or I have seen since being on the medication. But, it takes time - for some kids it is an immediate change - and for others it takes time. Do the research and talk to your doctor. And watch her, you will make the right decision. We took our time - we wanted to make sure that we had all of the information and make a decision that was right for her because she will be the one paying the consequences for our decision. I wish you luck. If you need any more help post me a message. Dee

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