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Sunday, September 24, 2006

My Star Kyle. (Life with ADHD) Part Seven

After being on Ritalin for a few months, we were really happy with the effects it was was having on us as a family. Life was no longer filled with rage and frustration, but slowly it started getting back to that stage.

Kyle was taking Ritalin 2x a day, and although it worked great at first, we started noticing that the effects weren't really lasting for the full 4 hours between doses.

After about 5 months Kyle turned to me and said 'Mum, I think I should stop taking these tablets because they're good but they're not lasting long enough. If they're not lasting long enough, there's really no point in them, right?'

What can I say, he's a grown up kid in many ways ;) Anyway, I've always said that medication would be his choice and his alone, so we stopped using Ritalin. I was a bit worried about it, and it turned out I was right to be worried.

Kyle crashed right back to where he'd been before ever starting the Ritalin, but he was even worse!

Anna


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Have you read or heard anything about the effects of anti-oxidants on children with ADHD? I am a health and nutrition consultant and I have heard some good things, but I haven't had the opportunity to work with anyone with it yet.
 
wow, you know if i compare our life before meds to how it is now (apart from teengae hormone... um... "fun") i truly wish i'd found the right doctor when damien was first diagnosed!
once we found the right doctor and the right dosage for damien he was a different child- he liked himself more because he was actually finishing his school work and he started excelling in his gymnnastics, even our family and friends noticed a difference!
 
Hi Josh, thanks for dropping by.

We tried for a while with omega 3 fish oils, but didn't actually notice any difference in Kyle's behaviour or concentration at all, so we gave up on it.

That's about all I've done/heard/read on that subject.

Anna
 
Hi Angel,

I can totally relate, Kyle is changing every day and it's all for the better. He's much more loving now and has time to sit and listen to instructions on how to do things, whihc was something he could NEVER do before. Life is good, and getting better :)

Anna
 
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once we found the right doctor and the right dosage for damien he was a different child- he liked himself more because he was actually finishing his school work and he started excelling in his gymnnastics, even our family and friends noticed a difference!
 
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