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I just want to say I am an adult who has been on medication since I was in 3rd grade and I am kind of disgusted that i was forced to take medicine when i didn't have the choice to really learn to cope with it. It is 100% possible and my troubles finding what medicine works for me has been my biggest struggle in life.
Why are you disgusted? Do you mean you were forced to take medication and that it did not work for you? People with adhd take meds to learn to cope- not learn to cope and then take med. Or being forced to cope without meds because someone thinks you should cope without them first for some odd reason. I am not sure if you have kids but as a parent of three adhd kids the idea of watching my kids struggle and flounder just so they can "learn to cope" makes no sense to me. I dont see how that teaches them anything other than they should avoid proven medication that is recommended by their doctor . If my kids were able to cope without meds then... they wouldnt need meds at all. If anything, meds are most important to take when you are a kid because that is the time when your brain is developing, you are learning foundation skills that will set you up forever.
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I just turned 21 and i finally think I'm onto he right medicine for me. That's 12 years of my life struggling with a lifestyle i did not choose. I'm not saying that medicine is always the wrong choice by any means, but just think about the long term and if you want your child relying on medication their whole life. Now that the rant is done I think its really smart to get out of the pediatrician and into a specialist. Pediatricians really seem to know close to nothing about the specifics of ADHD and this way there is someone who truly understands the mind and body of an ADHD child and can really make huge leaps towards success. It was life-changing for me. It's all a process so don't get frustrated when different medicine's don't work. It's really a journey to finding what's right for your child and i commend you so much on trying to help your child. They will thank you someday
Why are you saying this? Do you meant that you didnt need meds or want them and were forced but...now you do need them and want them? Did they hurt you when you had to take them or ruin your childhood?
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I see that this is the third or fourth time you have posted this in a thread by a parent seeking information about their child and meds. I feel like you either have an agenda you want to push or other motive that isnt clear to me. I think if you were to start a new thread about this topic then you could discuss it in one place and people who want to discuss it with you can participate and not participate in three or four threads about the same thing. I also do not see it has helpful or supportive to post the same thing in multiple threads by parents seeking help. They are not asking if anyone regrets taking meds as a child or if they harmed someone as a child who now suffers as an adult.They are looking for help with specific situations.

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I just want to say I am an adult who has been on medication since I was in 3rd grade and I am kind of disgusted that i was forced to take medicine when i didn't have the choice to really learn to cope with it. It is 100% possible and my troubles finding what medicine works for me has been my biggest struggle in life. I just turned 21 and i finally think I'm onto the right medicine for me. That's 12 years of my life struggling with a lifestyle i did not choose. I'm not saying that medicine is always the wrong choice by any means, but just think about the long term and if you want your child relying on medication their whole life. Now that the rant is done I think its really smart to get out of the pediatrician and into a specialist. Pediatricians really seem to know close to nothing about the specifics of ADHD and this way there is someone who truly understands the mind and body of an ADHD child and can really make huge leaps towards success. It was life-changing for me. It's all a process so don't get frustrated when different medicine's don't work. It's really a journey to finding what's right for your child and i commend you so much on trying to help your child. They will thank you someday
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Re: Medication questions

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I just want to say I am an adult who has been on medication since I was in 3rd grade and I am kind of disgusted that i was forced to take medicine when i didn't have the choice to really learn to cope with it. It is 100% possible and my troubles finding what medicine works for me has been my biggest struggle in life. I just turned 21 and i finally think I'm onto the right medicine for me. That's 12 years of my life struggling with a lifestyle i did not choose. I'm not saying that medicine is always the wrong choice by any means, but just think about the long term and if you want your child relying on medication their whole life. Now that the rant is done I think its really smart to get out of the pediatrician and into a specialist. Pediatricians really seem to know close to nothing about the specifics of ADHD and this way there is someone who truly understands the mind and body of an ADHD child and can really make huge leaps towards success. It was life-changing for me. It's all a process so don't get frustrated when different medicine's don't work. It's really a journey to finding what's right for your child and i commend you so much on trying to help your child. They will thank you someday
So sorry you had to be forced to take medications that didn't help you. I am also extremely worried that this will be the case for my 6 year old little boy. I just hate giving him med that aren't helping but I just think i want to try to give him the best chance and if we can find the right one then hopefully he will be ok. I appreciate you sharing your experience and I really do hope I am doing the right thing. I hope we can find him the right help and support. I love him and want to help him.
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So sorry you had to be forced to take medications that didn't help you. I am also extremely worried that this will be the case for my 6 year old little boy. I just hate giving him med that aren't helping but I just think i want to try to give him the best chance and if we can find the right one then hopefully he will be ok. I appreciate you sharing your experience and I really do hope I am doing the right thing. I hope we can find him the right help and support. I love him and want to help him.
No one wants to go on medication and the trial and error part can suck. But you are doing a good thing if your son needs medication. There is no honor in withholding meds so "he can learn to cope on his own" if thats the advice you choose to follow then you will be contributing to is failure. The end goal is not to medicate him until he can manage on his own. These are not meds that you take until you 'heal". They do not cure adhd. They help manage it. If you need allergy meds the goal isnt to take them until you are not allergic to something anymore, you need them to help manage the symptoms of the allergies.
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Re: Medication questions

Just to add another perspective here for you Andiemarie, my 15 year old thinks the meds are lame and don't work at all. This is the same kid who barely passed 3 of his classes in 8th grade when he was unmedicated, and his lowest grade right now is an 87. I don't think he matured leaps and bounds from 8th to 10th grade, I think the meds are working, but I also think he can't tell the difference.

I see the difference when I ask him when his science test is and he says "Friday". Two years ago it was "Is there a test coming up?" He didn't know because when you space out for 25 minutes during a 45 minute class you don't realize how long you spaced out for. To him nothing has changed, to me, he is actually mentally present in class for the first time in his life and it's AWESOME! Two years ago I was thinking for sure he would have to go to a trade school and now he's actually looking at colleges. The ADHD medicine is a freaking miracle!...you know...just to add another perspective :- )
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