Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I know that the topic of ADHD medications is hotly debated, especially by parents who have chosen not to have their child on medication. I won't debate the topic -- I've known many, many families who have benefitted from the medication intended to help a child stay focused so they can learn.

Frankly, I'm jealous of these other families. My son has tried three types of medications and a fourth is sitting at the pharmacy. Two of the three left him with facial tics within a couple of hours and were not taken again after the first dose. The third medication had no effect on his ability to concentrate at school and made him angry at home.

Am I looking for a magic bullet? Maybe. Really what I want is for my son not to miss another year of school because he's just getting by and not learning to the best of his ability.