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What I find helps parents with the tough decision to try medication is to learn all the facts you can about stimulant medication and ADHD. An informed decision is the easiest and best decision. These articles will help with that:
You have to remember that there are risks to not treating ADHD as well, including depression, anxiety, self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, lack of self-confidence, inability to achieve academic success, inability to hold a job, etc.
ADDconnect Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism