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For us, our son was sad and crying the majority of the time, and he felt like he couldn’t do anything right at just 5 years old. We opened our kinds to try the medication to see if it would help, and it was an amazing help for almost 10 years. After puberty, his body chemistry changed and the meds ended up exacerbating autism symptoms — but I can’t imagine the younger years without it. He would have been severely depressed.
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism