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Aloha,

I also have a child, now a teenager, diagnosed with ADHD. I'm a lawyer and am fortunate to have a lot of research resources and professional people to consult with. I've used them throughout the years to study this difficult problem.

First, it is good that your daughter is finally diagnosed. Now you must begin learning everything you can about the disorder. It is a complex problem, and usually is co-morbid with other problems. For example, many children with ADHD also have dyslexia and other learning disabilities. I suggest you get your daughter tested for learning disabilities and that you get a good psychologist, social worker, or psychiatrist. Only a psychiatrist or other medical doctor can prescribe ADHD meds, so you'll need access to some medical professional.

Fish oil is okay, but I really believe that most children with ADHD need ADHD medication to help them focus and concentrate. Indeed, a UCLA neuropsychiatrist believes it is akin to child abuse not to medicate your ADHD child. Of course, use of medication is a family decision.

My own child has used Strattera, Concerta, and is presently on Adderall. He started in the second half of fourth grade. It has really helped in all spheres of his life, and he is so grateful to have it. In summertime, Christmas break, and week-ends without homework, he doesn't use it.

This medication is not a solution; it is a help. You will still have a lotta problems and a lot of adventures.

Please don't be angry with your daughter; this is a problem with the transmissions, or lack thereof, in her brain. You can expect her to be messy, disorganized, forgetful, and unable to prioritize. These children are always in trouble with someone, --parents, teachers, coaches, friends-- cause they are always messing up. Please give her some bright spots and positive reinforcement when you can, and please pick your battles. If you are a perfectionist, let it go when you deal with her.

ADHD during the teen years is a whole 'nother battle. You need to get ready now by establishing a healthy and informed relationship with her and her ADHD.

I'm here if you need further information. Good luck to you.

As we say here in Hawaii, a hui ho.

PJ Hawaii
Withmichel,

I just wanted to let you know that my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at 4 years old. I didn't start getting meds for her until about 7 or so. I also thought I was going mad and that I was just being a bad mother. But, I hated to think about her being on medicine all her life. I gave her Strattera25mg. for a couple weeks. It made her act nothing like herself. She went zombie like and focused all right but I couldn't snap her out of her constant daze. She would have mood swings start laughing then crying suddenly. But the teachers told me she was doing great in school. Even though she was half asleep. She would also have severe stomach cramps. My Dr.s said she didn't need to change meds she would have to get adjusted. I took her off meds after about 6 months. I have realized that I would have to put 200% of me into helping her because I hated the way she was affected. She is doing great in school now. (without meds) I just have to keep on her and remember that she needs smaller rules and she needs to be reminded every so often on her tasks. All I can say is medication is your option but please remember to read up on the subject as much as possible. It helps me tremendously to know about the subject as much as you can. She is now 10 and in 5th grade.( B honor roll ) Its tough but worth it. Good Luck..

Katrina