I agree on questioning the wisdom of "very impulsive people" with joining the military.
It is not just the question of being off of medication. The military requries the person to be able to function appropriately and responsibly without medication. During that year your son will need to show the recruiter that he can function in a school and/or work setting without medication.View Thread
Are you stating that those who are accurately diagnosed with ADHD and take medication as prescribed are at risk for addiction? I have worked in mental health for over 20 years and I have never met a psychiatrist who has agreed with that statement.View Thread
Mornings can be hard. We set up a very structured routine in the morning when my son was little. He's now 14 and follows it himself.
You can even make the schedule with your son and post it on the fridge or make one where he can check things off as he goes. You might have to do hand over hand assistance at first but praise any efforts he makes.
Last year my son began having trouble sleeping when his dosage was increased (due to growth and symptoms.) His doctor prescribed Clonidine and it has worked very well for him.View Thread
Discuss this with your physician. One medication is not "better" than another, it depends on the individual.
If you have an accurate diagnosis by a specialist, are taking medication as prescribed and are monitored by a physician regularly, addiction would not be my concern. People who meet the above standards and take medication as prescribed do not become addicted.View Thread
The new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expand the age range over which doctors can diagnose and manage ADHD in children , and are based on recent research; previous guidelines released in 2000 and 2001 covered children ages 6 to 12. "Treating children at a young age is important, because when we can identify them earlier and provide appropriate treatment, we can increase their chances of succeeding in school," said Dr. Mark Wolraich, a pediatrician at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and lead author of the report.