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  •  My 9 year old son was just diagnosed (9+ / 0-)

    and we're starting meds and therapy for him.  I've scaled back my job to 75% to take him to appointments and supervise homework daily.  It's not easy taking a pay cut at a time when our medical bills will increase but I am so ever lastingly grateful that we can do it.  I'm increasingly horrified by how few people have that luxury and flexibility and how that impacts the kids.  Thank you for this diary.

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them"

    by ItsJessMe on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 11:25:24 AM PDT

    •  It gets better (7+ / 0-)

      My son was finally diagnosed at age 10. He has the predominantly inattentive form and getting to the bottom of what was going on was a devastating process. Taking him to a pediatric neurologist was the best thing I ever did. Ritalin changed his life and now, several years down the road, he is absolutely thriving and brimming with self confidence.

      One thing his school did after the diagnosis was to put him on a daily report card system for a term. After each class, his teachers marked his progress on remembering to bring his books, his homework, etc. And every night, I had to sign it as well. Combined with the meds, it was a fantastic learning tool.

      Good luck to you and your son! It really does get better with the right intervention.

    •  I would caution parents about ADHD (1+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md

      it is a terrible thing, but it is over diagnosed. I was diagnosed when I was 10 (who would've guessed a 10 year old would not pay attention and be hyperactive!) and started off on ritalin. My mom stopped giving it to me two weeks later and I haven't taken it since. I graduated college, have a full time job and am in the process of applying for graduate school. Sometimes kids just need to grow into themselves and find what their passionate about.

      Again I want to stress that for people who truly have ADHD it can be awful.

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