Your Questions About Adhd Medications For Children

Linda asks…

Once you start medications for ADHD, can you stop?

HDD medications are Class 2 medications the same as cocaine? This means they are addictive and / or reassociate the chemical pathways of the brain to where the child or adult cannot function normally without them? Focalin is time released and does not have to be given at home or on weekends? Does this mean its easier to take the child off this medication periodically as they mature?

barry jennings answers:

Yes, ADD medication shave an addictive quality, but like many medications ( for diabetes, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder) if you go off them you will be “sick’ again and not able to function well. Always cut back under the supervision of a doctor.
We now know that folks seldom grow out of ADD/ADDH . The problematic brain chemistry problems persist into adult hood. Amounts need to be monitored and changed regularly as people grow.

Cocaine kills brain cells so kills you. ADD medication adjusts brain chemistry so helps you.

I’ve worked with children with ADD for many years.
Having read your post , and not wanting to be harsh but, you need to accept the fact that your child has this illness and be glad there is meds for it. Don’t be dwelling on ” taking him/her off”. Let the medication help your child be all he/she can be.

PS You hear stories of a child being a “zombie”. This only happens if the dose is too high. Often too, parents are used to seeing their child high, excitable etc. And when he is calm etc. They think something is wrong. 🙂

I work at the jail now. I see many many young men and women in jail who have ADD. Instead of getting proper help they solved their anxiety etc. With street drugs. Sad

PPS Doctors used to give kids ‘weekends off”. This was an old practise that is now frowned on. They felt as kids weren’t in school they didn’t need the meds. They now know that getting along with your family on the weekend and having good social interactions on the weekend with others, requires the medication.

Also remember that folks with other mental health issues take much more powerful drugs all their lives to function. They do fine.

Paul asks…

Can adhd be part of stress and anxiety for a 6yr old child? Can medication for adhd cause bad side affec?

No details too add, just asking 2 questions to see if anyone out there has knowledge or has adhd to help me find answers.

barry jennings answers:

Yes, an ADHD child may seem stressed, at times due to symptoms. Due to the fact that ADHD causes children (and adults) to be more sensitive to outward stimuli, that can be stressful. If they notice sounds more, or things touching their skin, or other things, this can be a bit overwhelming.

You might find the child a bit silly, at times, and then more irritable at other times.

We found that food sensitivities were causing a lot of trouble with our child, but it took until he was about 9 years of age to discover this. You can look up: ADHD and food sensitivities; ADHD and candida; ADHD and leaky gut; the elimination diet.

Find books by Dr. Doris Rapp, used online booksites for very little money, but VERY helpful in many aspects including: symptom description including physical symptoms, case studies, history of ADHD studies, elimination diet, how to deal with this naturally, and other things. Books to look for: “Is This Your Child?” and “Allergies and the Hyperactive Child”.

Any medication can cause side effects, no matter what it is prescribed for. We found that the medication we used for our other child caused difficulty in sleeping and a zombie-like demeanor upon arriving home from school – did not even want to go play. You could simply look up: Side Effects for ADHD medication, or for the medication you are using or thinking of using.

-Removing sugar from the diet, including soda pop, cookies, cakes, sugared cereals, etc.
-Remove all peanut products from the diet.
-Look into possible reactions to wheat or dairy.
-Patience in how you respond to the child.
-Time to talk, especially at bed time when kids are more responsive and willing to talk.
-Help on homework from you.
-Time for exercise, outdoors.
-Good communication with school or teacher, making sure to try to have a good relationship with the teacher to your best ability.
-Praise and support for the child.
-Develop a sense of humor.

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