ADHD Boy

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On the phone with my parents a few days ago, they mentioned that my sister-in-law had called them about my nephew. He is a bright red-haired who suffers from ADHD – this was diagnosed about three years ago.

At that time he was given Ritalin but had to stop after a few months as he had too little appetite and had even lost some weight.

He is in junior high school where he learns the cornet and singing but might get suspended from the singing lessons as his behaviour is too unstable, something which saddens him since he loves singing. His doctor has decided to put him back on Ritalin and he will see the school psychologist every week.

It seems little is known about this disorder and it is still a controversial issue.; some people still think it does not even exist. So if you know people who feel they have managed to handle this disease or at least cope with it, don’t hesitate to leave a message on this blog.

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8 thoughts on “ADHD Boy

  1. As I wrote at http://www.jewcy.com/post/adhd_check_out_line_and_me#comment-31510:

    I’m continually disgusted every time I hear people voice the canard that ADHD is fake, the figment of an imagination, poor parenting, etc.

    Perhaps for some children, yes. I wouldn’t be too incensed, were it discovered that ADHD is overdiagnosed. But to deny the illness altogether, this I find gravely insulting.

    I have what the doctors diagnosed as textbook ADHD, and my brother as well. My mother suspects she has ADD, because although she lacks the incredible hyperactivity of my brother and me, she has the astounding extroverted character, and the proclivity to interrupt herself in mid-thought, and then return to her previous thought as if she hadn’t left it, as well as other signs.

    I remember being aware of my rambunctiously unacceptable behavior, but not being able to do anything about it. It’s like you’re looking at yourself from the outside, realizing that you’re not normal, but being unable to control yourself. It’s like when you a bit tipsy, almost drunk, and you know that you’re not being normal, but you cannot manage enough mental willpower to reign yourself in. That’s what everyday was like.

    What did Ritalin do? It put me in control of my own body. Suddenly, I was able to summon the mental fortitude to exhibit control over my own actions, commensurate with what my rational intellect had been declaring all along. Before being on Ritalin, I was doing absolutely miserably in school; after Ritalin, I rose to the top of the class within months.

    My brother and I participated in a study at NIH (National Institutes of Health), where were diagnosed as textbook ADHD. I remember hurling toys everywhere with my brother, when were weren’t almost literally jumping off the walls. Finally, my mother was permitted to give us our Ritalin at lunchtime, and she said, she could SEE us gradually calm down within minutes. Within five minutes, we gradually went from being unable to not interrupt each other with raging streams of consciousness, to acting like normal elementary school age children.

    It’s been years now since the diagnosis, and years since I stopped Ritalin. Thanks to the Ritalin, I was able to learn what it was like to control myself, and I am now, to some extent, able to control myself without the Ritalin. I still have a superlatively excitable extrovertedness, not to mention a propensity to go off onto incredible tangents, with my conversant long lost as to what I’m talking about, but other than that, I’m in control. But put me on a bit of alcohol, and the ADHD comes raging back out.

  2. Some have found taking kids off any food colorings can help. But that’s often a hard thing to do. See: http://www.feingold.org/

    Actually, I think there’s a lot of information about ADHD. Seek and ye shall find…

    Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Dr. Kenneth Bock is one book I highly recommend.

    Connecting with other parents is a great move. Good luck to your brother and sister-in-law.

  3. Mrs.S.: Shavua tov to you and thank you for the support.
    Leora: I think my sister-in-law finds the information is too varied in the sense that she doesn’t know what and whom to believe.
    Maybe I should read the book you recommend and then share with her what is relevant.

  4. Actually, I don’t think that’s the best book for starters. Unfortunately, my friends who have issues with ADHD aren’t terribly organized themselves (they don’t find communicating via computer easy), or I would have them help you with ideas! Truth is, even my friend who found taking one of her sons off food additives for a summer helped may now have him taking medication. He’s a teenager now, so it’s up to him to modify his own diet. No easy answers.

    Maybe poke around this site: http://www.chadd.org/

  5. Michael: thanks a lot for sharing your own experience. Both comments went into my spam box (maybe because of the length – I allow one or two links). I have kept the one with a link so that people can access it easily.

  6. Here’s a book that might interest you:
    The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

    I found it recommended at a site. It’s on Amazon.

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