This reply was originally posted by user adhdmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
Each person’s experience with ADHD medications is different, so what is most effective and has the least side effects depends on your son’s neurochemistry, metabolism, and genetics. That means you just have to try it to see.
We made the decision to try ADHD medication when my son was six because he couldn’t succeed no matter how hard he tried. He was really sad and had no self-esteem. Medication gives him the opportunity to succeed more often, but it’s not a “fix” (because there is no cure for ADHD).
I found it easiest to consider medication when I could make an informed decision — by knowing the facts about ADHD medication. So, here are some articles to help you do that:
ADDconnect Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism