I just stumble across this blog and am so thankful for it! I recently took guardianship of my nephew and have never had any experience parenting a child with ADHD. My 2 children have zero disabilities. I am familiar with the disorder but not extremely knowledgeable. The last 9 weeks have been a Roller coaster of emotions partly because of the new living arrangements and because of his emotional disabilities, trauma and ADHD. I felt like therapy and light medication could help him control the impulses, and after talking to a psychologist and psychiatrist my believes were confirmed. Medication seemed like the right choice, so today I started my nephew on clonidine and am nervous with how groggy he was, but know some of he grogginess was to be expected. But, still have many questions:
Is the grogginess somethings that will wear off ? Has anybody's child had negative experiences with the medication? Does anybody feel like the medication has really helped?
I would greatly appreciate some feedback from parents who understand my fears andare experiencing medication and behaviors first hand and not just the Dr.'s.
Anywho, thanks in a advance for any advice given and thank you for creating this blog!