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I don’t have much to add, as I’m new to the diagnosis and medication route myself. But, I do have to say that I completely agree. It cuts like a knife through my heart when I hear family members talk about how “giving them a pill” isn’t parenting and that it’s just trying to make them be zombies. 🙁 I have two sons that are a year apart in school. My oldest has ADHD and ODD, my second is a typical kid. I use similar parenting tactics with each, but the reactions are very different. My family is unaware of our decision to get a diagnosis and go on medication, but they have commented that our son “seems to be growing out of it” since starting meds. To me, this is proof that we’ve made the right decision. Parenting is hard. Parenting a kid with ADHD is harder.
Good luck! We’re in this together!!