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would you let your doc put your kid on Ritalin without a diagnoses?

my son has been having a series of symptoms and i don't think he needs this i think he needs to see a neurologist but his doc wont give me a referral he says to try Ritalin first i don't want to without diagnoses what should i do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:28 PM on Sep. 19, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • Sounds like your doctor gave you a diagnosis, from YOUR DOCTOR, you don't necessarily need to see a specialist if the most common remedy works.

    Answer by auroura at 10:30 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Oh....HELLLLLLL....NO!

    nuff said.


    Answer by SterlingLegend at 10:33 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • No I wouldn't put him on meds. Try all natural and dietary changes first to see if it makes any difference.

    Answer by momoflilangel at 10:34 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • "No I wouldn't put him on meds. Try all natural and dietary changes first to see if it makes any difference. "

    Ditto. I would do everything in my power to keep him OFF meds. I would do all of the natural changes first and only use Ritalin as a last resort..

    Answer by Nathskitten at 10:36 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • You need to get a second opinion if you are uncomfortable with the advice of this doctor.

    Answer by Nathskitten at 10:37 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • NO! I wouldn't put my son on them EVEN when I did have a diagnosis. He was diagnosed with provisional ADHD and ODD - I refused the medications - he's 19 now and he's never had any problems not being on the meds.
    If your doctor won't cooperate, find another doctor. Hell, take him to a clinic and tell the clinic doctor that you want a referral to a neurologist. A referral is a referral - doesn't matter who gives it.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 10:42 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • I wouldn't allow it WITH a diagnosis

    Answer by cat1622 at 10:45 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • HELL NO!!... I wouldn't even with a diagnosis. People are way too quick to medicate children for things when all they need are alternative treatments. My 4 year old is borderline ADHD (hasn't been fully diagnosed) and I was quick to refuse ANY sort of meds when the talk of ADHD even first came up. So he now sees a child psychologist twice a week and i've done elimination dieting with him (Which is the largest problem with hyperactive children btw) and so far barely 2 weeks in we have seen a fairly decent improvement in his ability to focus, listen and behave.

    Answer by KalebsMommee at 12:04 AM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • Not at this point, no... Take your child to a psychiatrist who specializes in children. Have him officially evaluated and then go from there. I would also go to an allergist and rule out food related allergies (wheat, corn, etc). Personally, I do better with my ADHD on a low carb diet because of allergies.

    There really isn't a good blanket answer for this. My daughter (also ADHD) tried meds in 2nd grade and it did wonders!!! Her grades improved so much! However, 3rd grade, we found that she didn't need the meds. She had an excellent school year without them. She's in 4th grade now and don't know yet if she will need meds or not. I believe there are a lot of factors that go into the whole ADHD issue. What works well one moment doesn't necessarily work well the next. Keep an open mind, be flexible and research.

    Answer by Tyonci at 10:31 AM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • I say NO NO NO get yourslef a new doctor you NEVER want to put meds in your body or your children w/o a proper diagnosis , i remember my step dad got put on some parkinsons meds for what they thought was parkinsons but was not and he started tlaking to my dead mother and seeing emues (big birds) in the kitchen and ofering drinks to people that were not even there i ended up having to call the ambulance to come get him and hold him till the meds wore off and he didnt remember alot of what he did but what he did remember he truley belived to have happened and i was there the whole time O.O again ... NO NO NO

    Answer by Velexxie at 9:51 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

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