Hi, I am not a medical professional, but a mom and a teacher. I started teaching when Ritalin was “the medication.” I have now have 20 years of experience to speak from. I know from personal experience that having a disorder and not knowing or understanding is its own kind of hell. Think of things in this way: if your child is struggling, hates him/herself, says they’re stupid and exhibits issues in class–then why wouldn’t you see a doctor and consider medication as ONE option. Pills aren’t the only solution but there are newer medications that have helped children. If you are considering this route please share everything with your doctor including information input by the classroom teacher. Give your child the chance to be successful!