hi, my 9 year old son's teachers were pressuring me to get him checked for his lack of focus in class. I recently took him to one of the GP doctors recommended because his appointments are almost totally kids with ADHD. I took along my son's stanford test results, as well as a few report cards with the teacher's comments, and a school hearing and eye exam results. The doctor told me that in all the seminars he's attended, the general consensus was there's really no definite way to tell if a kid has ADD unless you do a trial with medication and see if it works. He prescribed adderol 10 mg once a day for 30 days, then re-evaluate. I was shocked to go straight to medicating. My son has great behavior, no problems at home. His only problem is focus at achool, and I also see it when getting him to do homework- it takes him at least twice as long as most kids. He's quiet and shy, gets along with other kids and makes friends easily, and gets good grades. But lately the teacher never says anything good about him, his inability to pay attention overshadows everything. He continues to get good grades, but seems less enthusiastic about school (he's always loved it). I asked as many questions as I could think of, but was so taken aback by the immediate medicating route that I forgot some things I wish I'd asked. I wish I had written all my questions down, and thought ahead to questions I'd ask if medication was recommended.View Thread
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