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You hit the nail on the head on every point. The problem with my son is he seems to be very sensitive to the stimulants. If I give him more than the morning ritalin dose he will develop tics, not eat or sleep and have even worse rebound. Whenever I attempt to try the concerta again we get the same patterns. It is so frustrating and sad, because the ability of my son on ritalin is so different than without. There is no comparison. His focus is brought up to a normal level; therefore frustration is very minimal. I am not saying I don't believe in him (without meds). It is the fear of getting him thru the "have to's" of school w/out destroying him that worry me. Sometimes I give him caffeine (cokes,coffee drinks) in the afternoon and that seems to help a little.
Thanks for your words of encouragment. I will keep trying, but I have to admit it gets frustrating. I will be glad when he is old enough to hopefully find ways to help himself in a positive way.
[QUOTE=cindyk]You hit the nail on the head on every point. The problem with my son is he seems to be very sensitive to the stimulants. If I give him more than the morning ritalin dose he will develop tics, not eat or sleep and have even worse rebound. Whenever I attempt to try the concerta again we get the same patterns. It is so frustrating and sad, because the ability of my son on ritalin is so different than without. There is no comparison. His focus is brought up to a normal level; therefore frustration is very minimal. I am not saying I don't believe in him (without meds). It is the fear of getting him thru the "have to's" of school w/out destroying him that worry me. Sometimes I give him caffeine (cokes,coffee drinks) in the afternoon and that seems to help a little.
Thanks for your words of encouragment. I will keep trying, but I have to admit it gets frustrating. I will be glad when he is old enough to hopefully find ways to help himself in a positive way.[/QUOTE]

Hey cindyk,

Quick question, have you tried other stimulants with your son? Adderall and Dexedrine are actually different combo's of different meds. People can have very different reactions to each of the different stimulants. I said different a lot, I know. Also, depending on the dose, and whether it's extended release or not can have an effect too. So if giving your son more ritalin after school is too much, perhaps an extended release which gives the medicine slower, over longer peroids of time would work. Or maybe he would respond to different meds all together. Hey hang in there either way, just so you know, me and my fiancee got to seperate docs who work together. Both are Psychiatrists, I do psychotherapy and doctor visits with mine, and my finacee does just doctor visits with hers, and hers is a specialist in ADHD. So, we're obviously collecting as much knowledge as we can, and learning as we go. Feel free to pick my brain if you want:)





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