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Old 07-07-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Concern about ADHD with my children

Well, long story short, their father has it, their half siblings have it and my doctor has told me my daughter probably has it too... my son I'm very hopeful he will miss this but I'm really scared for my daughter. She is extremely hyperactive and can't sit still for ANYTHING. It go so bad that when she had gone for the preschool screening a few years back, she failed. What kid fails a preschool screening? Her school is now trying to label her as disabled for speech and language and my daughter does just fine talking, she just doesn't want to talk to them. Oh I've complained but until my doctor puts her on medication, they won't hear anything about it. I keep telling them she can talk, it's just the ADHD that's making her not want to sit down and answer their questions correctly... I don't want to put her on medication, I believe there has to be another way... I watch how much medication her half siblings are on and it terrifies me, I couldn't do that to her...

Is there anything I can do? Has anyone else had to go through this before? I want her to have a successful school life but they're already labeling and it breaks my heart.

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Re: Concern about ADHD with my children

I really don't think that medicating preschoolers is generally a good idea. It's hard to even diagnose conclusively in a child younger than 7, because ADHD looks so much like normal preschooler behavior!

Once she gets a little older, the question of whether to medicate should be addressed again. The important question is, would the medicine help HER? Not the teachers, her. If she is really struggling and unhappy in school, and meds might help, maybe you should try it. I know I was miserably unhappy at age 6-7, because I really wanted to follow the rules and be a good girl, but I couldn't. But don't put her on medication just for the teachers' sake.

I was diagnosed finally at 19, took meds through college and saw my grades skyrocket. Now I don't take any meds for ADHD, and I do all right.

Whether you medicate or not, definitely look into parenting techniques for ADHD children. Now, ADHD is NOT caused by bad parenting, it's caused by a brain difference. However, ADHD children with a stable home environment and parents that have high expectations but also keep in mind their child's challenges turn out a lot better than children who get either no discipline or too much.

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