01-06-2022 10:24 PM
01-08-2022 09:24 AM
My son is 15 and was diagnosed last year. He now takes medication which is helping with his concentration and impulse control but he has had some side effects. The medication is gradual release so he takes one tablet in the morning and it lasts 8 hours. His appetite is affected, he doesn’t eat much if anything at school. He has a big breakfast and tea to make up for this! He is also extremely fatigued when the medicine starts to wear off after school making homework completion very difficult. He also had headaches and stomach ache when he first started the medicine and when the dose given was increased. This has settled down now as we have found a dosage that works for him so it’s really only the tiredness and loss of appetite. In his case the medicine is worthwhile as he really was struggling at school. If you decide the medication route your consultant will start at the lowest does age and adjust to find the right balance for your son. Hope this helps!
01-11-2022 12:44 AM
01-11-2022 12:57 PM
Hi there @MVA50
Thank you for reaching out to our online community about your sons ADHD diagnosis. It can be a lot to process when your child receives a new diagnosis. How are you and your child feeling about the news?
I'm happy to see you've had another parent share what worked for them. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, it was helpful to chat with others who had been through it too.
One piece of advice I received was that every person reacts differently to medication and doses. That alone was helpful for me and allowed me to find what works for me with the support of my doctor.
ADHD Support Australia might be a helpful website to check out as well - they provide resources and workshops for parents.
11-01-2022 04:28 PM
11-01-2022 09:12 PM
11-02-2022 12:58 PM
I just wanted to chime in to check in with you. I know that you mentioned that your daughter has been struggling with the medication and was wondering if you could share more about what those struggles look like?
I wanted to share this article with you around how to help your teen with ADHD that I thought might be helpful for you to have a look through. It includes some information along with some strategies that could be useful. I also wanted to share another article that we have on what puberty is like for teens with ADHD.
I can imagine that this must make it challenging for your family at times. I’m curious as to what supports your family might have and whether there has been support from a psychiatrist?
I know that you also mentioned that you have been struggling and wanted to check in to see how you were and whether you had any support?
Remember that we are all here for you.
11-27-2022 05:48 PM - last edited on 11-27-2022 06:01 PM by Taylor-RO
Since medication gave sme side effects to my son, I decided to try omega 3 & multivitamins supplement for my ADHD suffering son. He’s having better days at school. The teachers are saying in the journals there are days like Embree had an okay day today, he did all his work, but there was a defiant moment after lunch. Besides that, he had a good day. Other days is just he had a good day. Other days are still rough. It’s not a quick fix, it takes time, but he’s doing good.
Also, Omega-3s are known to be amazing for the brain, even without having ADHD, so I feel good about giving Embree these vitamins. He is being monitored by our family physician with this meds. I recommend going through some research links and decide on whether omega 3 or fish oil supplement might benefit your kid
11-27-2022 10:00 PM