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TOPIC TITLE: ADHD in Homeschooled child
Created On 9/17/14 11:33 PM
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9/17/14 11:33 PM
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My daughter in the past has been diagnosed with ADHD. She refused meds at the time but now is practically begging for it. She says everything distracts her and she can't concentrate. Would it be wise to try to medicate this???? It effects her most in an extracurrilcular activity where the teacher told me she has to focus more and fidgit less. She came home crying because she felt left out socially from the group and feels unable to stay with the group.

If I bring her to her pediatrician, will they want feedback from the teachers??? She isn't in any groups besides that one class and it isn't the right relationship to ask him to complete the paper work. Should I offer to fill it out??? I just want this to work so that she gets the right meds for her situation.

Also, should she try an non-stimulant first???? We really only need this to work for a few hrs a day. But the class is from 3-6 pm. Any ideas of how to make sure she's fullly medicated then??? Is there anything that short-acting???

Just to make things more complicated, her therapist thinks she may be manic depressive but too young to label. (She is 12.) A child psychiatrist may not work out right now. Should I tell the doctor about that too before he attempts to prescribe or will that chase away a pedatrician????? I feel like we have a giant knot that needs to be taken apart but it's wound too tight. Any ideas would be appreciated.


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9/18/14 9:01 AM
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I recommend you get a child psychiatrist involved if you suspect Bipolar with ADHD. Ritalin will last about 4 hours so if given in the afternoon around 2p, it will help for 3p to 6p without affecting the rest of the day. Let me know how you make out. While Ritalin can help ADHD, it can make Bipolar worse.

Rabbi Price, M.D.

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