Friday, June 16, 2006
Another Year With ADHD
He was doing good on Ritalin, it seemed to be helping him concentrate more, but it never lasted more than a couple of hours. He decided he wanted to come off the Ritalin as in his words 'it doesn't last long enough', and he wanted to see what it would be like to not use it. His choice, by all means, so that's what happened. He came off Ritalin and went back to being the way he was before (as outlined in my booklet My Star Kyle which you can find links to here on my blog).
He's now decided that when we go to see the specialist next time he's going to ask if he can re-try Ritalin, or maybe something different. Boy is he grown up for his 9 years or what??
I've said all along that it will always be his choice which route we take, as long as it makes things better for him and he feels happier within himself, then I'm happy too.
In the meantime we'll keep trying our hardest (both of us) to concentrate on his home education as much as we can without making it too boring and too much hard work. Luckily it's summer again and we have lots of nice days so we can go out and 'do learning the fun way without pens and paper' as he says ;)
Until next time, feel free to check out my latest ebook which is perfect for the summer holidays when kids tend to get bored:
32 Ways To Keep The Kids Occupied http://annamarketing.com/FTS/32Ways.htm
Will post again soon
Anyways, just wanted to let you know that there are longer-lasting versions of methylphenidate (Ritalin) on the market. There are a number of options, but because I take Adderall, I wouldn't know the first thing about which one works best for whom. However, the different long-acting methylphenidate formulations vary from the XR-style time-released beads, to a continuously released formula, to Concerta's "osmotic pump," whatever that is.
Supposedly they can last anywhere from 8-12 hours, depending on the type and the person.
Anyways, I know what it's like trying to find a med that works and then scheduling the doses so it's working when you need it, and I hope you guys work everything out.
If you're looking for any help or support or whatever, check out the ADD forums at http://www.addforums.com
Thanks so much for the advice. We are going to see the specialist next week and intend to ask about various meds that can be used other than Ritalin. We were thinking of asking about Concerta, but not sure if it's available here in the UK yet.
The specialist mentioned Adderall to us last year, but said we couldn't try it at the time as it was still going through the testing stages here and that we were way behind the U.S. in that respect.
Thanks also for your wishes and thoughts for us. It does help to know that we're not alone and we will definitely be checking out the add forums that you mentioned.
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