There is great cause for hope and educating yourself will help you, help your daughter.
My 3rd daughter had depression upon puberty onset - and its not uncommon for those pre-disposed to mood issues. My 4th daughter had mood issues since birth and has been my REAL education!
Medication trials are hard, no doubt about it, but they can be necessary if a child's symptoms are interfering with their daily life.
I don't believe the statementis entirely accurate: " Her psych. said that it would have started working by then if she did indeed have ADD" I have known many people that didn't have success with Ritalin, who have ADD, yet had success with other stimulant type medications. Again, its a very individual thing.
Did her Psychiatrist do a thorough evaluation upon seeing your daughter as a patient? If not, I would consider a second opinion from a Child Psychiatrist.
How is her school supporting her? Does your daughter have a 504 or an IEP?
Am happy to offer ideas and suggestions - I understand how hard this all can be!! (((((((Hugs)))))))! -KathleenView Thread
I feel for you - this is really tough. Unfortunately medication trials are necessary to find one that works, BUT it is imperative that you have a really smart Child Psychiatrist well versed in treating children with ADHD.
I am not sure where in MI you live, but a Children's Hospital such as this one I found (in MI) is a really great start.