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My son was recently diagnosed with Inattentive ADD. We are taking meds, but I question my decision frequently. He is an "A" student, but cannot stay focused. Wonderful child, but super shy . I think part of the shyness has something to do with the ADD.

Would the vitamins help this type of ADD?
Fish oil? DHA? B -12?

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this is a hard topic, we have been on the adhd train for about 6 years my son is 11, he plays soccer and swims, physical activity help but it doesn't helpo in the classroom at all. we did not want to so medication in first tried it in second grade and i actually held ghim back( i shouldn't have) so now he is 11 and in the 4th grade. doing homework is frustrating. i hardly buy junk food although we don't have any special diet. this year the teach thought the medicine wasn't working so we switched-0 disaster- he is all keyed up at night and can't fall aslepp- another disaster, had to pick him up from school when he lost his bodily functions-i don't like these extended release medicine, now we are 2 weeks with no medicine and will have to go back to the docotr, maybe this time i will ask for allergy testing, goof to know that stuff anyway even if it doesn't help add. would love my smart son to read pst a first grade level. very heartbreaking stuff. not the same thing works fr every kid but we will keep trying.
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The fact that you are here shows that you are already taking some of the important next steps. There are many misconceptions about what ADD/ADHD is, and what it means for your child. Start by learning about what ADD/ADHD really is. Use Google and do some research.

If you believe that your child may have ADD/ADHD, but have not yet been diagnosed by a doctor or qualified mental health professional, we recommend making an appointment with one for a proper evaluation. If you are near Boston or New York City, the Hallowell Centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ADD/ADHD. If not, there are many resources to find qualified doctors available here. You might also start by asking your family doctor or a school psychologist, if they are not personally qualified they can assist you in finding someone who is.
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You are all in my prayers. I too have a son that has ADHD who is now 23.

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I know about this issue much to well. I have a son who has had adhd since he was five. he is now 15 and i wont lie it has been tough. for those of you on meds, be careful have their blood checked every so many months. my son was on strattera for ten years, and his doctor never checked his liver, finally after a new doc , we found out his liver was damaged, no medication now for almost a year, tough but worth it for his health , please stay on top of this at all times and push your doctors to do what they should
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Sorry to hear about your son's liver. That's truly a rough one and believe it or not it is incidences like this that make me not question my decision to try alternative methods with foods for my child. I too have a friend who's son has been on medication for 5 years and it has been one struggle after the next with medication difficulties, stunted growth, low weight, etc. My heart goes out to you and your son and may his liver be well again.
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My son was recently diagnosed with Inattentive ADD. We are taking meds, but I question my decision frequently. He is an "A" student, but cannot stay focused. Wonderful child, but super shy . I think part of the shyness has something to do with the ADD.

Would the vitamins help this type of ADD?
Fish oil? DHA? B -12?

would appreciate any advice.

***update : we are currently off meds, and doing ok, but I know we are still lacking something...

And remember, he is not hyperactive at all. He is shy, doesn't make friends easily, but we have very little behavior problems. In fact, I find I get lots of compliments on how well behaved he is. But teachers (and I) see that he can't stay focused, and struggles to keep up in class. Always the last one to finish...
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Myself and my daughter are both ADD. My daughter was very quite and mellow good in school but never get her school work done. The work she did do was brilliant. She was tested 2 years ago and has been on meds for school. We only give her the adderall if there's something we need to do on the weekends. She was also tested for and now is in the gifted program. She did take melatonin to go to sleep but now has clonidine prescription. As a toddler she never slept we tried Benedryl once and she got hyper. and diet coke occassionally at night helps calm her down
The first few days she took the adderall she didn't stop talking it was if a switch was turned on. I was amazed. We haven't had any issues with adderall. Before the adderall she was kind of a loner. Now she seems to fit in well with her classmates. Her only OCD thing is washing her hands.
I was meds for a few years in school. Then didn't need anything until 5 years ago. I couldn't focus at work, and couldn't remember anything and would get into a slump in meetings.
There is a good magazine and website with lots of tips www.additudemag.com
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thanks so much for the kind thoughts. we are doing a little better. hard at school this past year but hopefully next year will be better.
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my dd has adhd and add yikes!! just kidding shes a great happy go lucky girl,just problems with focusing she been on concerta which has worked wonders for her,i dont see a problem with meds if they need them.we tried this yr when school started to be off the meds,which my dd went from honor roll to bs,cs, and 1 d, she wasupset about it so we decided to go back on the meds and wow honor roll again,if your child cannot focus to do school work they get very frustrated,i know sounds like a easy fix but if it works and they are healthy and happy im all for it.
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dd is 7 in and struggling in second grade. she takes yvanse but it's not fixing the problem. teachers calls every friday and says she can't focus or pay attenion and ask if i can talk to her, duh you don't think i have or think i don't see it too. i have been trying to teach her to count $1 worth of change during the summer and she just doesn't get it and she paid attenion when i explained it to her. she also has apraxia, sensory issues and God knows what else. for $900 i could get an EEG to see what all is neuro wrong and if this was caused by her 3 day old lack of oxgen due to acid reflux, not a priority b/c these 3 disorders have already been tested and are for sure. my other dd is 8 and just got her 1st progress report with straight A's, her maths skills are soooo awesome and her teacher states "it is a joy to have her in my class" i need to figure out a way to get my 7 yr old on track, doc suggest counseling. haven't had much luck with the number he gave me they said i needed a referal and doc says i don't. the psychologist who gives the EEG seems good but would cost $120 a visit. doc is not wanting to give referal back to OT which i think might could help with math concept. i'm not sure if the math issue is ADD or sensory related. i need to do something she is getting alot of D's & F's on her class work. i know karate would be good for her b/c she is not the social butterfly like her sister, it would give better self esteem. my house is paid off and my car is almost paid off so at some point i will be able to put her in karate, psychologist and last but not least chiropractor. my theory is chiropractors treat the cause of the problem not the symtoms. i was in a car wreck once and they literally fixed my back with no meds so i know they are not quacks. there has got to be a way to fix this little girl. here is a link to her page on apraxiaspeaks.com which is one of the best site for apraxia of speech. her page & pic was posted there about 2 years ago.
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Hi. I have 4 special needs children, and one of those has apraxia along with many other things.. I would start with a whole developmental/behavioral evaluation. My children are all seen at University of Louisville. You see all the specialists at one time and they eval the whole child and sit down with you and give the results.. 4 of my children made it thru k-1st fine...but second grade is where it got REAL ugly.. I would recommend you find a childrens hospital... Preferably... or university in your area that does this kind of testing...the school will not take care of this for you..and if they try.. it will be substandard. Good luck on your journey! Saying prayers for you!!
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Both of my boys had aparxia as well. Just out of curiosity to MOMMSLH......have you typed a letter to the school stating that because of your daughters difficulty in class and her failing grades you would like for the school to provide edcuational, speech and occupational testing to see if she has any special needs. the testing is free of charge.
Is your daughter diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? Congress has changed the federal laws and have now specifically included children with with ADHD/ADD to qualify for special education services under the Other Health Impairment (OHI) Category.....which means she will get help by school specialists as stated in her IEP. This is above and beyond what you decide to do on your own.
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My son has ADHD and it is such a struggle to get him to be open minded and try new things. He is typically a gamer but lately has started riding his bike till dark. That makes me too happy for him
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Just an update:
Since my original post last year we decided to go with a "wait and see" attitude. My son does not show any signs of being hyper and it is my belief that he has ADD on the milder end of the scale. Just before starting kindergarten this year he began stuttering a little and he is now seeing the school speech therapist. All of his teachers agree that he is very creative and intelligent. The problem is getting him to focus and complete tasks in a timely manner.
This week we began giving him caffeine (tea and dark chocolate) and that seems to have helped immensely. We're going to continue it for a few weeks more to see if it's a fluke or if it's really helping.
We are trying to find out if our insurance covers getting him independantly evaluated.
We've decided to hold off for right now on having the school do an evaluation. That option is still on the table.

His behavior is good and his attention span when he is interested in a topic is phenomenal. I'm hopeful at this point that we have a good shot of helping him develop the necessary coping skills to succeed without prescription medication.
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I can only say this, having raised two boys with ADHD: for my sons, meds were necessary. With the older son, we tried all the behavior mod, diet stuff first and frankly, it was wasted time of him suffering and us suffering, all because "we didn't want to medicate" our child. I agree that there are many people including teachers and doctors and parents who want to jump to medicating children when it isn't necessary. But, if you are seeing the signs of ADHD as a parent, and you're getting feedback from EXPERIENCED teachers, it's time to see your pediatrician for an evaluation. If you trust your pediatrician on other matters, why not on this?

I personally know two people whose daughters struggled terribly throughout school, and whose parents were told they had ADHD and refused to "medicate" these chidlren.......and finally, by mid-high school, gave in and did it. And their daughters were amazingly "cured" of their problems and got straight A's, not to mention what it did for behavior problems. Both sets of parents felt terribly guilty that their stubborn refusal to try the medication approach resulted in needless suffering for all involved.

Meds aren't a cure-all. Other work is needed. But for many, the meds can give them the ability, for the first time, to have their brain work like it is supposed to. There is an unfair and undeserved stigma to what are perceived as "mental health" disorders. It is a brain chemistry problem, just like people have body chemistry problems. The only difference is that it can be more of a trial and error approach, since you obviously can't do the same type of tests when you're dealing with brain chemistry.

For my sons, the med that ultimately worked is dexedrine. And yes, for the majority of the rest of us, that is "speed". But in my sons and in many others with ADHD, it has the opposite effect. Thankfully, many children outgrow the need for medication, especially for the hyperactivity portion. Both of my sons were more to the "ADD" side of the scale until they combined everything under the "ADHD" diagnosis. My older son, now in his late 20's, only takes meds now when he is enrolled in college. When he is not in school and studying, he doesn't need them. But for that situation, he still does.

I would sum up my advice to be that it's fine to try anything you think might work. But if naturopathic approaches don't work quickly for your child, please don't be adverse to trying the medication approach if your doctor recommends it. Successful treatment really makes such a difference for a child for their long-term success and their quality of life and self-esteem, as well as your family life.
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It wouldn't surprise me one bit that it is not a fluke as caffeine has the opposite effect on children with ADD which is precisely why it helps. You can also try an Omega 3-6-9 product. I use the Barleans liquid swirl since ingesting in a liquid form tends to have a better effect then a pill form, but if you want to try it in a caplet form it is better than nothing- food for the brain is a good thing! :O
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We use caffiene ( tea, some soda) to help with DS (12) ADHD. It does seem to help. We do this with a Drs. OK.
We have just pulled DS out of 7 th grade Public school due to lack of support and utter indifference by the teachers and admin.
It got so bad that I was more worried about his mental health than I was for his poor grades!
He now does virtual schooling online.
We have been doing that for 3 weeks now.
What a major difference I already see!
Sure, we still have attitude probs, but not like they were.

I took DS off the Vyvanse 2 weeks ago. He still takes 20 mg Prozac. I actually dont see that much if a behavioral difference as when he was medicated!
I am now beginning to think that part of his 'issues' were total bunk from teachers who cant handle a healthy energetic boy. I fought medicating him for a while and then gave in.
Yes, medication did help, but now I think he has grown out of a lot if the original issues and is now just a healthy, boy with the bad attitudes and demeanors common to a pubescent boy!

Tomorrow I am going to restart (slacked off a few weeks ago) giving him vitamins that are known to help.
Those are Fish oil, magnesium, B complex, and a multivitamin and see what difference that makes.

I have no gripes about using medication, but it us not a cure-all.
These kids need to be taught to COPE with ADHD. It will NEVER go completely away. I am ADD. I was never diagnosed until I was in my 30s. Therefore, I was never medicated. Yes, I had a tough time in my teena and 20s, my life could have better if I was taught HOW to focus. I have learned to cope, but it is a constant in my life.
This is what I am trying to do with DS- treach him to use his talents and deal with his setbacks.

Good luck to you all!

Sorry. Didn't mean to make this so long!

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