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.
I see, well that's awesome he has a whole team working with you guys!
So, does your son have an IEP yet, or is the team working on implementing one ?
The good thing is, there are a lot of medication options - so if one medication doesn't work, then the Dr. can choose another. Medication trials can be frustrating, because each child reacts differently - so trial and error is the only way.
I will attach some links for you to explore, and hopefully you can find some support and help. Some areas have more help than others, just depends on where you live. http://www.chadd.org/
That's great he will see a specialist. Foster Children often have extra challenges (but I'm sure you know that already) - - so, when you see behaviors out-of-the-norm, its really important to seek out professional treatment sooner rather than later.
It sounds like more than AD(H)D in my opinion, but with him being so young and getting help now, there is great cause for hope.
Bless you for rescuing these young ones!! -KathleenView Thread