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Psychiatrist prescribed strattera but I am ambivalent about putting him on meds so early on in life. On one hand I would like for him to feel some relief and get a taste of calmness so he can have more fun with friends and at home and school of course but on the other hand he isn't really that bad of a kid. He is so smart and sweet, appart from his angry outbursts when he doesn't get his way or if something isn't working out as he'd like. The pdoc said he won't become lathargic, dead to the world and will not lose who he is which sounds great but at the same time how will he learn coping skills to battle this if it is bandaged up so quickly and early on in life. Say at 15 he decides meds are not for him, will he struggle a lot and in turn mess up everything that has been medicated and kept at bay for so long? I am so torn :(

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Hi Carpe Diem, you might want to look into the possibility of drug free avenues, at least to begin with . . .

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/video/interactive-metronome-adhd

http://www.ehow.com/way_5593334_physical-therapy-treat-adhd.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_6296657_occupational-therapy-adhd.html

http://www.sharecare.com/question/interactive-metronome-treatment-adhd

in teaching elementary school for 25 years i saw many kids possibly misdiagnosed/overdiagnosed with ADHD, though i also saw some children undeniably benefit dramatically from medication, sometimes it is worth exploring different routes, even if meds may be part of treatment, anyway i can understand your distress and hope your little guy may be helped to find coping skills and adaptations aside from, or in addition to medication, just as i know i've benefitted from cognitive behavior therapy in addition to my meds . . .

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One of the arguments for meds is that it calms them down enough, helps them concentrate enough to actually learn those coping skills.

I decided to medicate my kids because we needed intervention in a big way, and I've seen lots of very positive benefits from it. All of our teachers (and me too!) have been extremely thankful. That being said, one of them has slowed physical growth. We're waiting a year to see if it's just delayed puberty, then we'll take a look at options to get around the slow growth. So medication is not to be taken lightly.

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hey, I'm sorry about your predicament but this isn't the appropriate place for this kind of discussion [ a discussion regarding another person]. You could try either healthyplace.com or psychcentral.com [which i woulkd definitely recommend] and either one of those would be more likely to provide you with the appropriate information. We just aren't set up or geared to discuss third parties.

You are more than welcome to discuss your own mi issues though, so stay around if you need support or commiseration regarding anything liike that.

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