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Sprightly, I too have a seven year old son with ADHD. He has been running wild through school since he was in preschool. He is now in the second grade and flourishing. We finally gave in and put him on "meds" at the end of first grade. He is a completely different child. My husband and I then felt bad that we hadn't done it sooner. My son is so much happier at school. He still gets into trouble every once in awhile, but, it's normal kid school trouble. He now has more friends, he makes good grades and he is not bouncing off the walls, talking non-stop and getting into constant trouble.

Your in-laws are doing your son a disservce. I completely understand what you are going through and to top yours off this is a step-son. Having a child with ADHD is enough to zap all your energy from you even with just "thinking" about it and what to do.

I hope you can convince his Dad and in-laws to put him on medication. It will help him so much to feel better about himself and to have a "normal" childhood. I wish I had done it sooner for my son. How does he feel about it? When he first went on the meds he himself felt so different and happy that he told us he want to stay on them until he out of college. This from the mouth of a first grader at the time!

I highly recommend a book entitled "Driven to Distraction" and "Answers to Driven to Distraction" two of the best books I have read on the subject of ADD/ADHD. It really gives you an insight. The author is Edward Hallowell (sp?).

Good luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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