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My son is 13 and has ADD. He is very impulsive, does not think before he acts.
He just got in trouble for playing with a lighter with about 4 friends. They were lighting leaves, plastic and who knows what else.
He has gotten detention last week for talking loudly in the hallway. Has no interest in sports or any school functions. Really doesn't apply himself in school.
He is on Strattera. Can anyone help?
[QUOTE=allisok]My son is 13 and has ADD. He is very impulsive, does not think before he acts.
He just got in trouble for playing with a lighter with about 4 friends. They were lighting leaves, plastic and who knows what else.
He has gotten detention last week for talking loudly in the hallway. Has no interest in sports or any school functions. Really doesn't apply himself in school.
He is on Strattera. Can anyone help?[/QUOTE]


I would estimate one of the following is taking place;
- The dosage is too low.
- You son is not impulsive at all (something else is causing his erratic behaviour)
- Your son is not taking the medication.

Note that I am not fully convinced that he meets the requirements to be labelled impulsive. Parts of your description of him might suggest he is, yet other parts suggest he's not.
If he is not interested in school activities or sports, this suggest that he is not impulsive at all, and the medication *is* working.
A person with ADD would be seen signing up for lots of (after) school activities, and quitting them very soon due to a loss of stimulation (it gets 'boring' to them very quickly). A person with ADHD would do the exact same thing, yet with a slight focus on physical activities (sports, dancing, martial arts ...).
Statera and other AD(H)D medication would cause a significant decline in impulsivity.

I suggest you observe your child's behaviour and give some serious thought to whether or not there really is impulsivity at play. Does he run from one activity to another and leave the house a mess as a result? Or, does he keep his room neat and tidy, does he clean up any mess he makes, listen carefully when someone is explaining something, spend hours on one activity without intermission, etc.
If the latter, I see no reason why the medication is not working correctly.
The reason he torched something was caused by something else, and needs to be looked into if the problem persists.





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