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Hi all,

My dd was dxed with ADHD back in Oct of last year. She was started on Ritalin 1/2 5mg tab 2x a day. Well, she started to get sick (normal illness stuff that kids go through during the winter months) and ended up losing alot of weight. Low weight has always been a problem for her. Her peds decided not to medicate her during the summer months to help her gain some weight.

Well, I have been going through absolute hell. She is totally uncontrollable. She will not doing anything that she is told, fights me, kicks, screams, back-talks, etc. I have tried punishing, spanking (which I detest, but will try anything), timeouts, all to no avail. NOTHING WORKS.

I tried giving her the meds again a couple of weeks ago. For some reason, the Ritalin now hurts her stomach after one dose. It's rather odd because it doesn't happen right away after taking it. Usually about 1 1/2 hours after taking it she complains of stomach pain.

So I stopped it after trying it twice. In the meantime, I tried to put her into a summer but it went miserably. Nobody would play with her, the kids were being mean to her ... I think it's because she is so much smaller than the other kids. She only weighs 36 lbs at 6 1/2 YO.

She is back home again with me and it has been pure hell. I am getting some weight on her and watch to make sure she eats every couple of hours. I am trying this a.m. a 1/4 of a tablet of Ritalin to see if it will calm her down some. Hopefully, it won't bother her stomach.

I am totally at my wits end. My life is so unbearable right now. But aside from what I am going through, I want nothing more than to help my dd. I don't want her to go through life with no friends. She does have some friends that come home later in the day. They are in camp or daycare. Usually, they end up getting into trouble and my dd is sent home.

I just don't know what to do anymore. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I am willing to try just about anything. I will not try herbal medications because my dd has allergies and I don't want to compromise her health.

Thanks for any help, words of wisdom or just some kind words and support that you can give me during this frustrating time.

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