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How do you deal with an adhd child how is not on meds?

I took my oldest off this past summer her adhd meds cause i didn't have the money to refill them. she has been a bear all summer and i'm about ready 2 SCREAM. Anyway..................i need to find out how i get her 2 do stuff without having a scream session in our house 24/7. Let me no if you can help. THANKS!

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Asked by mominneed_27 at 4:02 PM on Jul. 23, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • discipline and consequences...

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Apply for medicaid.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:15 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • tell your dr or psychologist if she's see one. can she have scripts from your state insur. as low income child? yourself too? talk to your drs. your child needs you to advocate. I have no idea if behavior modification works for add. maybe other moms do.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:36 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • "discipline and consequences... "

    Discipline and consequences don't always work the same for a child with ADHD..

    You could probably receive state aid (medicaid) if not even disability to help with her medications.

    Answer by KalebsMommee at 4:40 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Who is the manufacturer of her meds? Some of them have programs for those who can't afford them! We're getting asthma meds for my two sons for free from Astra Zeneca because our insurance won't cover them at all. (they only come in name brand, our insurance only covers generic meds...and it would be $1000 per month if we had to pay!)

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Google "free medication" or "medication assistance programs" or something like that. There are TONS of programs out there!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:57 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • there is a lot you can do with the diet to help control the ADHD mind. my middle dd has it, we have a pretty restricted diet for her so we don't have to medicate.


    Answer by hypermamaz at 6:44 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • There are many therapists who work with people who have ADD/ADHD; they teach them not just coping skills, but how to use ADD/ADHD as an advantage in their lives. Thom Hartmann has written extensively on this topic; you should be able to find his books art your local library, there is lots of information at his website: You may also want to explore how foods affect behavior, either from the Feingold Organization ( or another source. We eat a "clean" diet; no processed foods, no chemical additives, no meat, very little dairy
    My daughter's attention issues were helped dramatically by fish oil supplements (though we have since switched her to hemp oil). It is important to use a good brand, like Nordic Naturals; it takes about 8 weeks to become effective.

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:10 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Google "Community Health Centers" to find the master Web site of government-run health clinics that will see anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. You can drill down to find the location of a clinic near you.


    Answer by rkoloms at 8:10 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • When you took her off her meds, did you just stop on day or did you "wean " her off them. Often the drugs given to children with ADHD are highly addictive and as such the child needs to be weaned off them first. Else they go through withdrawal , seriously. Personally I agree with other people on this forum as I believe a lot of ADHD has to do with Diet. Also Children with ADHD need to be active so take her to the park and let her run around or maybe a long swim at the pool? Further more, have you ever noticed how quick doctors are to medicate children with ADHD? These pharmaceutical companies are using our children as guinea pigs..!!


    Answer by TakeNoticeNow at 5:19 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

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