My son is 7.5 years old, he was diagnosed this spring. He mostly has trouble with focusing/attention with some underlying anxiety, and he can't sit still. His pediatrician said according to a workshop she had recently attended that they found when the ADHD is treated that the anxiety part lessens. My son had already been in counseling so when he got the official diagnosis she reccommended medication. We started on the lowest does of Vyvanse. It made enough of a difference, he was still fidgety/moving a lot, but he was finally able to get his work done. And I did notice an improvement in the anxiety.
He didn't like taking it, although I still haven't been able to get him to tell me why. I tried explaining that it's like a tool for him to help him pay attention so he can learn (he is a smart boy). Anyway, by the end of school it was effecting his appetite and his ability to fall asleep at night. He has no extra weight to loose, so between that and the sleep his pediatrician said if we wanted a break for summer it was okay with her. She would like him to start it back up 2 weeks before school starts and that's approaching quickly. I'm really dreading the mornings, trying to coax my son to take his medicine 😔. I don't want him to take it if he doesn't like it, but I also can't stand to see him fall behind (like he was before the medication).
I've been lucky for my husbands insight (he's ADHD as well and tried a few medications when he was in school, but he hasn't taken anything in years). But I think we're both struggling trying to figure out how to approach the new school year.
I'm worried that we're going to have to add new medications on top of the Vyvanse if we have the weight/appetite and sleep issues again. And I know that won't go over well since he already doesn't like taking one.
Would love to hear from more experienced parents or others in a similar boat.