My two older adhd kids have never been on medication for symptom management. We’re homeschoolers (unschoolers/self-directed learners), so issues at school have never been an issue; however, our everyday lives with so many adhd folx under one roof are often very tough. Our days are full of fierce emotional/mood swings, aggressive outbursts, defiant and oppositional behavior, boundless energy (our house and belongings have taken a major beating this past year+), sleep troubles etc
Also, i recently read some compelling studies about the impact of stimulant medication for adhd kids and how early use can help reduce the risk of addiction later in life as well as lower the risk of co-morbities. So, I made an appointment with their new pediatrician with the plan of discussing medication.
I have four kids total (9y, 6y, almost 4y and 2y). Because if my own adhd, it’s hard for me to be consistent with our schedule. I’m very irregular when it comes my ability to keep us all busy enough to ward off the boredom that inevitably (and very quickly) leads to impulsive, destructive and aggressive behavior.
That said, now that it’s summer and the world is slowly re-opening, we’re getting back to our more typical schedule of daily swimming, tball, summer camp, more play dates, more hiking and camping… The busier we stay and the more time we spend out of the house, the more manageable all our symptoms seem to be.
I guess I’m just second guessing myself and wondering whether they really do need the help of medication. It would sure help if my husband and I could get ourselves sorted out and on medication, which were both working on, but now, I don’t know what to think about my kids…