First, I apologize for my long post. It has been difficult to find support, so I'm kind-of pouring it all out right now.
My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD right before the pandemic hit, and while we have several concerns and lots of questions, we do not have much support to address those concerns and questions. I love my daughter. She is an amazing little girl with such a fun spunky personality, so to see her struggle and not know how to help her is very difficult for my husband and myself. At school, my daughter was getting in trouble a lot (talking out of turn, getting out of her seat constantly, not completing her work, randomly pinching or biting friends, not respecting other people's property). At home, she is defiant, dismissive, behaves as though she is above the rules and struggles to make good choices (which is very concerning in regards to our dogs who are incredibly patient and loving ). I know her inability to focus has caused some academic set-backs for her as well. We have tried Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse. Currently, she is taking Guanfacine, which is not providing much help. We also tried Guanfacine with Adderall to no avail. We ended up doing genetic testing to see which type of medication would work best for her, and we found that her body does not use the dopamine that is available, so stimulants do not work and can actually make her symptoms worse. I learned excess dopamine in your system is responsible for impulse control, competitiveness, aggression and reward based motivation (among other things). She has struggled with all these things for years, and we now understand why discipline has been difficult since she was tiny (she is not motivated by rewards and is unaffected if we take away privileges or toys). If anyone has experience with ADHD and the lack of dopamine uptake, I could really use some suggestions! School is such a struggle right now, and with homeschooling on the horizon for next year, I really want to find some steps that will help my daughter and myself before then. Thanks so much!