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This reply was originally posted by user Sandman2 in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
The above comments are great. And I highly recommend Penny’s links on discipline. Dealing with an ADHD child is very different then dealing with a “normal” kid. One thing to keep in mind is that besides what ADHD does to a child with impulsiveness, etc, the child has also had (in your case) 7 years to shape his behavior. That behavior will not change overnight. The skills he has learned to compensate, will not be changed by the “magic” pill. That is why Penny’s links are so important. It will take time to change his behavior. Experts say that if you constantly and immediately reinforce a particular behavior, it takes about 3 weeks for it to take effect. So don’t expect things to happen overnight. But, it will change.
Finally, Penny’s point on medication is important. The Golden rule for doctors is to go low and go slow. Unfortunately, they don’t always communicate to parents what to expect. And many times the dosage is stopped before it reaches its full potential. All meds have a certain time of duration. If the medication does not last as long as it should, it typically is a sign of under-medication.