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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Good Times at the Goodman House

I have delved deep into the strange world of ADHD. I have fought against the notion for a couple of years. My son, isn’t ADHD. That’s a load of bunk. When I was a kid no one had ADHD. What he needs is more discipline. He just needs to learn a little self-control. Well…I was wrong. We had him evaluated by a professional who specializes in this sort of thing and she put him, us, his teachers, everyone through a series of questions and scenarios. In the end, she told us that it is rare that she runs across such a clear-cut case of ADHD. She said that the Attention Deficit portion was only borderline and quite possibly just a side effect of his extreme Hyperactivity, which scored off the charts incidentally.

We took the plunge and have now begun the somewhat trying process of finding the right medications. We began with a product called Strattera because it is a non-stimulant solution that works with the brain chemistry of the child to correct the “misfires” in the brain. We gave it several weeks, but had to abandon it because it had some strange side effects. Quite frankly, even at the lowest dosages, it left him in a zombie like state. That isn’t good for any of us. I don’t want to turn him into a rag doll, I just want to bring him down a notch, make him “Tyler lite” if you will. He has (which just breaks my heart) expressed that he knows he is different than the others kids in his class and wishes he wasn’t.

Ideally, you should be able to walk into a classroom and not tell which kids are on medication and which kids aren’t. To many people try to use this affliction as an excuse to over medicate the child until they no longer have to “deal” with the day to day trials of being a parent of a small boy.

We have moved him to Adderall XR. We started him out with the lowest dosage possible, 5 mg. We didn’t notice any real benefit. In fact after speaking with his teacher, her thoughts were that if anything he was worse, being more susceptible to emotional outbursts. More meetings with our family doctor and the specialist, and we decided to up the dosage. We all agree that we want to use the lowest dosage necessary to level him out, but now we have to find out exactly where that level is.

Today is the first day on the 10 mg dose. So far, the only real difference I have noticed is that he is more combative. It’s still early though.

Of course, nothing says that Adderall is the right medication at all. There are several of them out there and it could take months to find just the right one at just the right dosage.

Well, I’m off to make some more observations. This could become a long arduous process. Wish me luck…


At 1:00 PM, Blogger lime said...

oh goody, that is a rough lot. you're right that too many people jump to meds too soon, and that they medicate their kid into oblivion. you are right to want to do as littel meds as necessary. at the same time, havnig your boy tell yo uhe knows he is different is a real indication that he needs something, in addition to the assessment of the specialist. i do wish you luck in finding the right medication adn the right dosage that helps him to have self control but still be who he esentially is.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

Goody as you know I just went through this same thing in April of this year . My son Ty is ADHD combined type, severe case . Adderall XR is the only medication that we have tried so far . My heart goes out to you on this . It is so difficult sometimes because as you said , they know that there is something different about them. My son gets frustrated and irritated easily when a task becomes too much for him . If you ever need to talk or anything please feel free to IM me (yahoo- breazy75) , email me or even if you want my home # I would give that to you as well in an email . You are doing the best thing you can though by reading as much info as possible on ADHD . Do you know that guy Ty Pennington from extreme makeover , he is a spokesman for Adderall . Go to google and type in Ty Pennington and ADHD and you can read about his story with ADHD and Adderall XR. I might also email you a bit on this subject if you don't mind and I can tell you what we have experienced thus far with my son who is now on 20mg and going up of Adderall XR . I do think that one of the best things we can do to support each other , and I am not just talking about us , I am refering to parents with ADHD children in general, is to share our experiences with one another . Anyways , hugs to you , your wife and son and please don't think that I am trying to sound like a know it all by the things I just said in this comment . I am by no means meaning it that way . I just want you to know that if you ever want you have a place to unload .

At 4:46 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Thanks, Breazy. Don't worry you didn't come off like a know it all. You came off like a concerned friend that has been there. :)

Please feel free to pass information my way. knowing is half the battle.


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