Confused About Giving My 14 yr. Old Meds

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    brenk3731
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    Hello. I have received two different diagnosis from behavioral health specialist for my son. A psychologist told me he doesn’t have ADHD and the psychiatrist said he does. We have been back and forth with doctors and therapist on and off for years. We definitely knew there were problems when he was in preschool. Our son isn’t too bad academically. He had a better school year last year in middle school. We just received the usual comments from teachers that he has no organizational skills, doesn’t follow instructions sometimes, forgetful, and unmotivated with school. He loves sports and he’s very athletic. Last year we discovered he wasn’t taking his med Vyvanse everyday. We found them
    on the floor throughout the house and one day he left one on the seat of the school bus. During the summer break I made him take the medicine for two to three days and he said he couldn’t eat and became very emotional. He rufuses to take it. So I decided not to give it to him because I thought he was getting better because he seems to be maturing etc. Home life is a challenge. He never cleans up after himself and we repeat the same instructions and reminders everyday. He always forgets. I’m so confused because I don’t want to give my son this medicine but I don’t want him to fail in life. We can’t continue to go on like this at home either. And in the past we have tried other ADHD medications. We were told it’s not good to give kids antidepressants because it increases suicidal thoughts. Anxiety and depression runs on my side of the family. I know he’s anxious. If I do put him back on the medicine, I might have to have the school nurse give it to him when I stop working from home. He’s a good kid and a typical teenage boy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    Penny Williams
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    There are many other stimulant medications you can try. There are two types of stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse, Evekeo…) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Quillivant…). Almost everyone does well on one type or the other, but not both.Many people say they feel amphetamines are “stronger” than methylphenidate, so maybe he’d have less side effects on a methylphenidate, or even a different amphetamine.

    Also, try to move from you reminding him to strategies and tools where he can succeed on his own. Checklists, routine reminders, apps, etc can be put in place to be the reminders and consistent support and allow you to step back to more of a scaffolding role instead of being his executive functioning all the time.

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