Suzanne C

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    Suzanne C
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    I wouldn’t worry about regretting it – the effect of the stimulant medications wears off after a number of hours – so if you don’t like it after a few weeks of taking it you can just stop. There would be no reason to regret trying.

    Like others here I have found the effect of mph on my son to be quite life changing. I don’t know how he would learn or be able to stay in school without it.

    I also agree with the person who mentions that people with ADHD who don’t take medications tend to self medicate. There is research to support that view – taking medication halves the risk of drug problems later.

    Suzanne C
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    People who blame ADHD on poor parenting really don’t know what the disorder is about. They trivialise it and think it is just about behavioural problems. But it often doesn’t cause behavioural problems at all. What it does cause is general problems with executive functioning.

    Does poor parenting cause poor memory? Does it cause a child to struggle to understand time and sequence? To be excessively distractible and unable to stay on task, even when they really want to? Or to be so absorbed in something they don’t hear you call them in a quiet room from a metre away? To struggle with distractibility and staying on task? Does poor parenting cause poor motor skills?

    Maybe explaining what ADHD actually is can help.

    Suzanne C
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    Sorry you are having a tough time of it – it is enough to have to deal with without having to deal with such out of date and ill informed opinions. You are doing the right thing by informing yourself so well.

    I have often found it useful to inform people about the science of ADHD. For example, as you will no doubt be aware by now there are evident differences on an MRI scan of the brain of a person with ADHD compared to a neurotypical brain. Parts of the brain, mainly the pre-frontal cortex, are under-active. It is generally thought that a major reason for this is that the levels of certain neurotransmitters are low in ADHD sufferers – the stimulant medications work by increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters.

    Many people who do not know about ADHD are not aware of this. I didn’t, and my own family didn’t, in fact, despite all having medical backgrounds. However it is fairly easy to understand and difficult to argue with – though you probably won’t convince everyone. Some people still believe the Earth is flat, after all!

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