A lot of those people who complain about their child's anger - many time it is just because they are so frustrated and don't know why. Medication would alleviate so much and their behavior would change for the better automatically.
And many parents say their kids also have depression and anxiety. It most cases these are side effects of untreated ADHD. With meds, the fog clears and so does the depression and anxiety.
I am 57 years old. I have lived with this a long time. Parents who are not ADHD have no idea how their child's brain works (or doesn't in this case). Without meds, I feel like I am walking through quicksand everyday - the simplest things are huge challenges - like grocery shopping.
Another thing parents of ADHD kids don't realize - you don't grow out of it. It's more like you grow into it because life only gets more complicated. Adults with ADHD tend to lose their jobs often or switch jobs a lot. They also get divorced more often or change partners a lot. These two things mostly have to do with how ADHDers don't read people correctly. Nothing but medication can help that.
It is nice of people to be supportive of anti-med parents. I absolutely can't get behind that. I really do feel sorry for the kids at our school that aren't medicated. They are so insecure, have very low self-esteem, and look so confused and unhappy - that was me. And I was a good student. My problem was navigating the world.
My son wanted to die in the middle of third grade. In March of last year, we put him on Concerta and have never looked back. He is now a happy, self-confident boy who rarely has melt-downs and thinks he is the smartest kid in his class.
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