My 7 year old was diagnosed with ADHD when she just turned 6 in first-grade. She was on 10mg focalin all year and we saw an improvement in her grades and handwriting right away. She was never a discipline issue at all... just focus and attention to detail.
This summer we removed her medication and she seemed normal, except for when she had to perform in instruction (like swim lessons) . For example, she looked lazy in the water and didn't improve her stroke the entire week. During her second round of lessons, I asked her to take her medication so that I could just see if there was even a difference. There was a huge difference in her stroke by the end of the week she was on meds. It could be that it was the medication, but it could be that it was just time for her to learn-- never quite sure.
She says she loses her emotions on her medication and isn't as social/friendly with it... but I do see improvement in her focus on the focalin. I don't like the medication dance of, "is this working/is it not?" " do we need to increase dosage..do we hold?" "is this medication giving her anxiety etc.?" "should I try a different brand?"...It actually makes me crazy.
In your opinion, is slight improvement in academics/performance worth the medication stress? or, do I just let her be what she is going to be-- especially when behavior isn't a concern.
Anyone in a similar situation, where they were trying to make this decision?