We recently chose to have our child start medication to help treat his ADHD combined presentation and ODD. Medicating was a decision we did not take lightly and till this day we often question if we are doing the right thing. We are considering ourselves lucky that the first med we tried seemed to have the desired effects with minimal side effects. We also understand that medication is not the solve all answer.
...with that said, we had someone recently tell us "Oh no, you guys are medicating him!"..."You know, he's going to keep needing more and more"..."and you guys are risking him developing schizophrenia!". This person was by no means a medical professional. However, this was a very educated person. My mouth dropped and I was just stunned by that last statement!
I don't know why, but I let it stir up ten-fold the amount of doubt (not to mention emotions) in our choice to medicate our child. I (we) pray for guidance and reassurance daily as we navigate the challenges of our child's diagnoses... and people's opinions!
KCsBM- First off welcome to this group of amazing supportive people...
Having a child with additional needs is something that is very hard to deal with but once you truly see how great of an impact medication has you, like we did we knew it was starting us off on the right path. There are so many more issues ahead to deal with when you have a negative person in front of you it is just one more "speed bump" on the path. We have in fact heard from many, and already experienced that it gets easier as they gain maturity and better understand how to deal with it. So I disagree with their statement and try to deal with today to get to tomorrow..
Each day I tell him, I love him and we take on the next day together.
Maybe that professional needs to find a new line of work.
Best of luck, thanks for believing medication will help your child.
Thank you for your response! Its reassuring to hear from others that have and are living our experience too! I know i/we shouldn't let outside opinions plague our journey. Yet, somehow everything is still so new and fragile. Guess we have yet to grow our ADHD & ODD "thick skin" sort of speak. One "speed bump" at a time, dealing with today to get to tomorrow!