... supposed to keep giving him the meds, i'm so concern that is been too long, please help me!!!
As long as he still needs the medicine. Some people have to take meds up into adulthood to control their symptoms My sons are ADD/ADHD. The older one has just attention deficit-no hyperactivity. He took meds up until he was around 14 then he started to fight me on it and refusing his meds so I let him go off. His grades did drop, I must say, and I wished he would have stayed on the medicine but I let him quit. My younger son had really bad ADHD and he took meds continuously until he was in his teens. I couldnt deal with him without his meds! Then as he got older and his coping mechanisms got better, I started letting him not take the meds over the weekends, on holidays and over summer break. He kept taking them during the school year and if he had an activity that he needed concentration. He is 17 now and this year is the first year he has tried school without meds.
His grades have dropped a bit too but he started to fight me on the meds too so I decided he was old enough to make his own decisions although it frightens me thinking of him driving without his meds (he doesnt have a license yet but he will soon) Some kids kind of "outgrow" their symptoms and I'm not sure it is actually outgrowing them or if it is just learning to cope and control their impulses better. Talk to your sons psychiatrist and talk to your son. You may try summers without and see how he does? It is really up to you, your son and his Dr.
My son has been on different meds for Adhd. He is 13 also. I know that his pediatrician has spoken about meds until adulthood. Just talk to your doctor about it. I have a nephew who was on Retalin when he was younger and a teen. He stopped after high school but had to go back on Adhd meds when he went to college. Then he cam off of it when he was done his studies.
Hope this helps you.
I had similar experiences with my son as did DzooBaby. Since about 5 yrs old, we searched for correct diagnosis. He was initially compliant after finding right med, but didn't like side-effects of dry-mouth, sweating, particularly in HS (girls!). He didn't want to be thought of as weird (stigmatized) & didn't want to stand out (peer pressure), so I had problems deciding if its was the right thing to do. But, his grades were pretty bad, considering he tested in 98th %tile! We let him go without meds for weekends & summer, but he eventually acclimated physically to meds, and side-effects were minimal. After HS, I let him choose & he wandered aimlessly for a few years, taking Jr.College courses, working odd jobs, until I insisted on committing to either a solid career or full-time college, away from friends (easily influenced!). Again, meds were left up to him.
Well, @ about 23 yrs, he left the state for College, realized his responsibilities, worked to pay for college & will graduate w/ honors, BA Film Composition, in Dec. this year! He's learned how to function without meds cuz he loves what he's doing. Long story, but basically wanted to stress the importance of discipline & structure (it can be accompanied by low self-esteem.) I think you must experiment with your child, to see what works best. At the same time, I learned I was also ADHD! So, there can be Adult ADHD, or it can fade with time if one learns the behavioral coping skills. Good luck!
This maybe a little late however I figured my input could be relevant. I have been on medication since early primary school. Adderal and continued to use it till around 6th i went to adderal xr. My grades were top notch and I kept the course. Good role models helped alot. Junior year of high school I stopped taking my meds, dropped to a "D" and had a rough time. (always sleeping in the morning , ect.) Decided to start taking my meds again. And my grades went back up. Been on them ever since. I have changed meds however. Now I am a junior in chemistry at a major college. Its just like anything else I think the drugs helped me to learn how to cope with ADHD and over time and with dedication, started to try and change bad habits. World keeps spinning I always say.
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