Our son is 7, he is our youngest of 3. He was diagnosed with ADHD at 4 years of age. He was very impulsive and painfully opinionated. The Head Start Program actually dropped him from their program and said they hoped there was "a cure" for our son. Even after his diagnosis.
He did well in another preschool and made it to and through kindergarten, excelling in every subject. At 5 years old he was put on generic ritalin, and it helped considerably, but eventually the dosing was absorbed to well by his body, the child psychiatrist increased the dosage twice before deciding to put him on Concerta. The Concerta has worked well also, except that his body is metabolizing it more quickly as time goes by, and if we visit the psychiatrist again, he will increase him another 10 mgs which will put him at almost a standard adult dose (of 46 mgs). I really don't want to do this.
My degree field is nutrition and natural medicine. My husband pushed me to go to school, but does not support what I have learned, so he will not let me try anything homeopathic because it isn't FDA approved. Unfortunately, my knowledge about what the FDA approves makes it even harder for me to keep letting the doctors increase my childs ritalin. I have also been faithfully giving him a very good multi vitamin along with an EFA supplement for what I have read is lacking in ADHD children.
Another problem I am having is that I'm starting to question if it's even ADHD that is the problem. My son is crazy smart, he tests 100% on all of the STAR assessments, which includes listening attentively. His teacher loves him and talks about how brilliant he is. She says her main concern is neatness and the fact that he has no verbal filter (he is not above telling kids or adults when they have done something academically wrong.) and that he doesn't willingly participate in activities in PE, and tends to play alone at recess. The past couple of years my Husband and I have joked to one a nother that our son is like Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. So you can imagine our surprise when his teacher actually told us he reminded him of that same character at his conference yesterday.
My son has no empathy, he knows he is smart, he says people (in his case, other children) annoy him, he is also impartial to change and has OCD about clothing, blankets, and what foods he will and won't eat. He is incredibly intelligent, and the teacher has expressed that she has struggled finding new ways to challenge him. Does this sound like ADHD? Are we barking up the wrong tree? I'm at a loss right now and I think I need a new Doctor.