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My daughter was diagnosed almost 2 years ago with ADHD...I felt she was a bit young (almost 6) and was having other health issues at the time...I did medicate her for about a week, but chose to take her off the med and just wait it out...to see if growing a few years would help...

Well...here I am because she has not changed much in the past 2 years, only a bit older now. She will be 8 in two weeks, and is struggling a lot in school with her concentration, reading, writing, and behavior when in an unstructured activity. She is quite fidgety and prefers running or spinning in circles to get somewhere..haha..not really something appropriate for the school setting. Of course she has her strengths...singing and is a phenomenal artist...but those strengths are not helping her at school. She has a hard time maintaining friendships...not from a lack of trying...I believe it is more of a trying too hard type of thing, and a lack of providing personal space to those she is interacting with. She is on an IEP for reading, writing and social skills. She also has a difficult time at home following directions and cleaning up after herself.

My main question is...what are the new type of ADHD meds out there?? When she (previously) took a med it was concerta...I am not wanting to put her on a med that has amphetamines in it...I know about Strattera being a non-stimulant type drug, but are there other options out there? I have not had to deal with this sort of thing in many years and am not sure where to start now.

Any suggestions will be mighty helpful...I want to go armed with plenty of knowledge to her pediatrician so I can make an informed decision on what is best for my daughter.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Angela





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