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ADHD And Medication

Does anyone here, have a child 6 year old or so that has been dignosed with ADHD? I found out that my son has a mild case of it and was put on medication 5mg a day. I seen a difference today. I know the medication helps, but I feel so bad, like it is my fault.

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My daughter was diagnosed at 7 years old. She is on 10mg. of Ritalin twice a day and that works for her. One day at school I had forgotten to give her her meds and she forgot her lunch pill. She came back to class from lunch and her work was a mess.The next day with meds it was beautiful. She's now an A student.Last year she was doing modified curriculum without meds.So don't feel guilty. They can help. She has alot more confidence now and we are a happy family.
---Lisa on 5/8/06

Rebecca, why should this be your fault? ADHD and others are CHEMICAL IMBALANCES, not sins. Similar questions were asked about the blind man, and what did Jesus say was the real answer? (John 9)

If you want to blame anyone, blame Adam and Eve. NOTHING has worked right since the Fall.

You are doing the best you can for your son's welfar, and if this is what it takes, this is what it takes.

Thank God that you found what your son needs for now, and don't condemn yourself.
---Jack on 5/7/06

One of my associates told me that the school wanted to put his son on medication for ADHD but his doctor told him that caffeine pills (nodoz) would also work for the problem and be less addictive.
---lee on 4/4/06

My son is now in 9th grade. He was put on meds when he was in kindergarten. He went non-stop, nickname Evinrude. I am a teacher,4th grade. I felt the same way like I had done something. It isn't that at all. His teachers requested that he try school without meds in his 6th grade year. Praise God! He hasn't had to be on them since. They do help when it is true ADHD. It's a 30-30-30 rule. 30 % will be off meds by puberty, 30% by college, and 30% will need to have help the rest of their life.
---Momof2gr8boys on 4/3/06

My daughters child was diagnosed with the same thing. She went to a herbalist and got a few herbs and is absolutely perfect now. No side effects and no addictive substances. Your doctor is in error to say that diet has nothing to do with it. It's not always that there is too much of something but often a lack of something that can bring on problems. God bless you with God's healing.
---john on 4/3/06

I can give my son two choices on what to eat, 1. veggies and fruit or 2. chips and candy, he picks the veggies and fruit. He doens't eat alot of sweets, it isn't because I don't allow him to, he choses not to. But his doctor told me that food doesn't have anything to do with it, for it is herditary. It must go way back in the family, because none of my immediate family on either side has ADHD.
---Rebecca_D on 4/3/06

In simplistic, non-medical terms, hyperactivity is self-stimulation to overcome lack of stimulation in brain (hence seemingly contradictory use of stimulants to treat - coffee works for some). Reducing processed carbs (not healthy carbs) and sugar are very healthy things to do, but have no relation to ADHD. New research I saw today says that removing tonsils has worked for some sufferers - seems improper sleep may induce symptoms of ADHD. Daughter (21) has it - pray for patience - is tough on parents too!
---marya4598 on 4/3/06

To add to my previous answer, my son was not on medication, and we did cut out sugar.
---Lissa on 4/3/06

This may not be your case, but my now 16 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 years old. I was told it was because of my divorce from my first husband who had custody of both my older sons at the time. My son was neglected by my ex and physically abused. My older son was "favored". This was the cause of it. I have custody of them, since they were 6 & 7. With much understanding and many, many hugs and lots of love, he has not had it since he was about 10.
---Lissa on 4/3/06

If I may, I'd also like to add artificial sweeteners to the list of foods to avoid. Particularly *Aspertame, packaged as 'Equal.' This product has been PROVEN to cause brain damage, much of it permanant. I am a statistic regarding this product. I had a Grande' Mol seizure after ingesting a small amount in 1985. I have a memory problem that persists to this day. I have a memory problem that persists to this day.

Moderator - Yes, aspertame in soft drinks is EXTREMELY bad.
---NVBarbara on 4/3/06

Mod: Thanks for adding the no sugar suggestion. I forgot to put that. I was thinking it, but the brain was not working when I was typing earlier.
---Madison on 4/3/06

ADHD is not your fault. It is not your son's fault. It is the brain chemistry being goofy. One theory back in the 70s and 80s had to do with diet. They recommend foods with no artificial colors or preservatives. You can try that and see if it helps as well.

Moderator - I would add also to reduce all sugars including white bread and potatoes.
---Madison on 4/3/06

It is not your fault. This concept that a child's illness is the fault of a parent goes back to the time of Christ. John 9:2-3, "And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him."
Pray that God will be glorified in your child's circumstances.
---Bruce5656 on 4/3/06

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