It all started when he was 7. He had a needle at the doctors surgery & well was that a day i wish i could forget. He went in there fine, not knowing he was getting a needle. Then as soon as the Dr started preparing the needle for him, he just went off his rocker, swearing (really badly) at the Dr & the nurses trying to help, kicking them, screaming, just beside himself. After that appointment my Dr asked me to make a follow up appointment with her to talk about the behavior. This is how he reacts to most situations like this. Otherwise he is a very quiet, shy little boy. His mood swings are so unpredictable, he's like a time bomb ticking 24/7. She put him on "mental health program" which meant that when i see pediatricians & psychologists for him i get a portion (about 50%) back from medicare. We were seeing the child psychologist for about 12 months when he was referred to a pediatrician in August 2011. It was him that diagnosed him with ADHD & put him on a 6 week trial of dexamphetamine. We then went back to him cause he was only put on 5mg & it was wearing off at about 2pm each day so when he got home from school he was just "off the wall" again. Thats when he was put on concerta, we were given a script for 6 months supply, which the chemist holds on file until we need it each month. At first when he was diagnosed, my heart just broke, i kept thinking "what did i do wrong" i blamed myself. But now the way i see it is, he is a child that just needs special attention & a lot of love. The medication also really helps him concentrate at school & his yearly report compared to his 1/2 yearly report is just proof in pudding. I was so amazed at his high results. Even in the state NAPLAN tests, he did better than kids in mainstream. His schooling is the main reason i wanted him to have the medication, cause he was really falling behind in year 2 & 3. Now that he starting year 4 this year i am very confident we are going to have a great year!
Sorry for the long post, but its just nice to speak to someone about this, there doesnt seem to be much out there for parents of kids with ADHD!
DS 9, DD 7, DD 4