I'm very nervous about the possibility of medicating and what side effects can be involved. Anyone have good experiences with a certain drug for the hyperactivity and emotional aspect? Thanks!
My 6yr old DDis being evaluated for ADHD due to poor impulse control and occasional aggressive behavior towards her friends/classmates.
We've only been seeing the counselor for 3 visits. He had the teacher and us do some scoring sheets. Yesterday he told us that our DD won't be able to learn to control her impulses at this age that will come with age and maturity, so he thinks we should consider medications. That there are both stimulants and non-stimulants that are safe and effective in helping children manage their symptoms.
My husband and I just want to make the best and most informed decision for our DD.
But we always hear horror stories about those drugs.
What do I need to know about meds for this form of ADHD?
I am a little overwhelmed. He is licensed counselor. He said he can play scenarios with her but she already knows what she is supposed to do in those scenarios, but she can't always get herself to do it. He is going to give us some medication and non-medication suggestions and then we can decide how we want to proceed. He can't write Rx so we'd either go through a child psychiatrist or peds for medication. He stressed that no one can force us to medicate that it is ultimately our decision, he just wants us aware of all our options but he thinks that the medication would be most effective.
She can pay attention and does very well academically. But she definitely shows the hyperactivity and impulse control issues. The aggressive behavior is not constant all day every day, but she has "clusters" where she has gone 2-5 days in a row with getting tickets and losing recess, centers or having to spend the day in the office.
She can be having a perfectly good day and be in line for the bus. Then someone accidentally bumps her, she turns around and pushes them. Or kicks them, or blows in their face, etc.
She knows she is supposed to get a teacher if she thinks it was on purpose and let the teacher handle it and not touch anyone else.
But in that split second she just reacts, she doesn't think through the consequences.
On top of that, she is very sensory, fidgets, when she plays she doesn't stop to breathe just goes from station to station all day.
She is the happiest, sweetest, most loving little girl in the world. Her grades are good. But when she gets upset, she just can't seem to help herself no matter the consequences, punishments do not work for this child. Incentives don't work.
Her teacher is fantastic and has tried many approaches to reward her good behavior. What has been most effective is taking away her recess and having her earn them back. She is back up to all 3 recesses.
We had 2 perfect weeks at school and before/after school care with no problems.