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<![CDATA[ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community - Children's Diagnosis & Treatment]]> http://www.addforums.com/forums This forums is for parents to discuss issues related to diagnosis and treament of children with AD/HD en Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:22:50 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.addforums.com/forums/images/misc/rss.jpg <![CDATA[ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community - Children's Diagnosis & Treatment]]> http://www.addforums.com/forums Disability Tax Credit http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=190027&goto=newpost Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:45:51 GMT So I am new to the forum but I am looking for personal experiences that families have had from applying for the Disability tax credit for their ADHD child.

My husband and I are at odds. Our daughter is severe ADHD and our Doctor has suggested that we apply for this Tax credit. It didn't even occur to us to do anything of the sort. So here is our dilemma.

Will it damage her future in any way by "labeling" her and having it in government files that she is ADHD? Will it impede job/schooling opportunities? OR would it be a benefit to her to have this "labelled" and give her opportunities that would otherwise have been unattainable?

Has anyone had personal experience (both negative or positive) that would help us in making this decision?

TIA ]]>
drea30 http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=190027
<![CDATA[At the beginning of my son's journey - am already lost.]]> http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=190022&goto=newpost Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:17:48 GMT Background: have always suspected our now 8 year old may have ADD/ADHD. He always struggled with starting focus, maintaining focus, and was always more of a daydreamer. He also always struggled with emotional regulation - nothing Major and nothing we were worried about; until this year. In... Background: have always suspected our now 8 year old may have ADD/ADHD. He always struggled with starting focus, maintaining focus, and was always more of a daydreamer. He also always struggled with emotional regulation - nothing Major and nothing we were worried about; until this year.


In October his teacher notified us of behavior issues. Emotional outbursts when he lost a game at recess; and fighting with his best friend. Between that and discussions we'd already been having, we signed him up to see a child psychologist to test for ADD and to work on social and anxiety issues. Testing did show he was clinically significant for ADHD. He continues bi monthly counseling.



We tried methylphenidate briefly - I took him off after 10 days because the emotional crashes were so intense after his second dose wore off on the afternoons. I asked his pediatrician to try Straterra; as I work with adults with severe disabilities and I knew we often use it when stimulants fail. He has been taking that since mid December.

Since about the beginning of December, he has gotten increasingly worse with behaviors and anxiety over school. He insists he doesn't learn at school. He talks about school ruining his life over and over again. He says it's "babyish" and awful. He insists he's not being bullied or being a bully. He does have some social issues but when he is out in a group at Scouts he gets on well with kids and they seem to like him (same kids from school). He is just so persistent that it's always school that is ruining everything. He hates it so much; he begs to switch.

He does attend a Catholic school - he has attended there his whole life and always loved it until now. We are pulling him to public next year so he can benefit from resources that catholic school doesn't offer but I was relunctant to do so mid year and I am regretting it so much now.

He has a lot of anxiety and always has, and I know that's part of this but he's so so negative about school all the time and I'm just at a loss. We have a meeting next week with his teacher and principal as he's been overly disruptive to the class with his outbursts. He has no fear of being suspended as he hates the school and wants to be off everyday. ]]>
Turtle1023 http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=190022
<![CDATA[Medications that don't make kids more explosive?]]> http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=189885&goto=newpost Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:49:47 GMT PLEASE HELP!!!! I have a 6 year old son and we are currently working through the Methlphenidate classed medications. Without medication my son lacks impulse control and is very hyper. He is generally a moody child. He is quick to get angry, he takes things very personally and is very... PLEASE HELP!!!!

I have a 6 year old son and we are currently working through the Methlphenidate classed medications. Without medication my son lacks impulse control and is very hyper. He is generally a moody child. He is quick to get angry, he takes things very personally and is very sensitive.

My question is what class of medications have you found that help with focus and hyperactivity but do not amplify emotions?

We have tried the following:

Ritalin LA (Caused him to blink constantly and scratch at himself)
Vyvanse (Caused anxiety and extreme paranoia)
Concerta (Could not swallow)
Metadate CD (Improves focus but amplify's emotions)
Focalin XR. (Improves focus but amplify's emotions)

My son can't swallow pills so he is limited to medications that come in a capsule that can be sprinkled onto applesauce, that he can chew.

He just started Focalin XR last week and it works great for focus but when he get's mad he gets extremely mad and because the medication helps with focus I can't redirect him or distract him from his anger to help him calm down like I can when he is not medicated.

There has to be a class of medications for children with ADHD that are prone to anger already that does not make them more explosive. If anyone can point me in the right direction so that I can discuss with my son's doctor I would really appreciate it. ]]>
Beagle11 http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=189885