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Old 07-09-2004, 09:41 AM   #1
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Ok, I am a parent who has taken my daughter off of ADHD medication for very good reasons. Some people believe that there is no such thing as ADD or ADHD. I believe there is. My daughter is extremely hyperactive but she is not a bad student, in fact she has always been in advanced classes. She has a problem controlling herself and focusing. I would hold her head in my hands to make her look at me while I talked to her and her eyes would be looking at everything but me. She was contsantly fidgeting and her mind would wander. She would actually trip over things because she was thinking about where she was going instead of where she was walking. I believe that there is a condition called ADD/ADHD but I don't think medication is the ONLY answer.

My daughter, who is 9 years old, has taken medication for ADHD since she was 4. She started with Dexadrine, then Ritalin, and then Concerta. She experienced alot of chest pains, which didn't show anything unusual on the EKG and also had severe migrains which they gave her another medication for. Concerta helped her to focus, but if she was interrupted she would become hostile and angry. With the medication she was never happy but she was focused.

I believe that taking long term medications has led my daughter to have other problems. A year ago, after several episodes of gross hematuria (Large amounts of blood in her urine), she was diagnosed and medicated for Kidney Stones. I was wondering if anyone else might have noticed kidney stones after taking time release medications for ADHD such as Concerta. I think there may be a link.

I have taken my daughter off of the ADHD medications and am dealing with it through focusing and concentration excersises and I hope that my daughter will soon be able to stop taking the medications for her kidneys as well. She has gained some weight, which is a good thing since she was smaller and thinner than all the other kids her age. I have also decided to homeschool for many reasons such as poor school quality in my area as well as to help her to stay focused while learning without depending on medication to do it for her. Teachers don't have the time to help a child to learn this. I have noticed that children with ADD/ADHD can concentrate if it is something they enjoy, such as music for my daughter, playing music and singing while studying helps her to concentrate while it may do the opposite for someone who does not have this disorder. My opinion is that ADD and ADHD can be treated in many ways besides medicating with patience on the child's part and the parents. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you

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Old 07-09-2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: ADHD To Medicate or Not to Medicate...


I don't know how much I help I can give you but I completely agree that things can be managed without medication. My son was on straterra for almost a year because the school system we were in refused to give him the gifted classes he needed with out the meds. Once we changed schools and he got advanced placement classes his behavior was completely different. Once he had to actually use his brain he had and easy time staying focused on his work. We still have our up and down days but he is going to be nine next month and does just fine without the meds.

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