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  • in reply to: Does she really think I hate her? #114010
    Mommylove
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    Hello.
    I feel for you as we have lived through similar episodes. Here is what helped us:

    a) We realized that our son’s meds were having a negative effect on him emotionally. Moving away from Focalin (which many people say have a terrible emotional wash out effect) to simple Ritalin made a huge difference. Further adjustment to long release forms (Concerta) vs ER or IR (which give a bumpier release) was also helpful.
    b) we signed him up for a “boys group”. It was a small group of boys who met once a week, hung out, played together with some interaction from an adult LCSW. I have no idea how this helped but over 6 months, his state of mind was much improved. I thought this was way more effective than a 1-1 counselling situation.
    c) sports – right after school, every day, made for a positive after-school transition.

    Hope this helps and take care. She does not hate you 🙂 You are the most important person in her life.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by Mommylove.
    in reply to: Is this caused by ADHD? #87844
    Mommylove
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    My husband (51) and son (14) both have ADHD and both present with this issue. Both have above normal intelligence (formally tested as well as reinforced by high academic performance). SO firstly, this is not an issue of not being smart enough. I think it has more to do with how the ADHD brain processes information. When the input is pure fact, they are phenomenal at recall and memory. The moment the input is somewhat ambiguous and requires interpretation/ extrapolation they have difficulty, primarily because when given a choice of possible interpretations, they tend to go with options that are less likely to be the choice of the average person. This is what makes them creative and unconventional but also creates issues because their unconventional interpretation is not what others expect. I also think the ADHD brain is “literal” and filling in the blanks is not intuitive. SO they need to keep asking questions to fill in all the gaps, rather than making inferences like neurotypicals to complete the picture.

    in reply to: Treating side effects with OTHER meds? Help! #74890
    Mommylove
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    Hi Scolli 3412.
    I think Focalin frequently results in side effects such as depression and other personality changes.
    You might want to first go to simple Ritalin instead of combining focalin and ritalin. There are enough ER options that will allow you to blend the right dose and release of simple Methylphenidate. Do this before adding other meds.
    Also, is he taking Strattera IN ADDITION to the others? That would be way over the top for a 10-year-old.
    ADHD treatment is a marathon. Try to not go too far down the meds alley at this age.

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