I don't think I even have the frame of mind to give you my history because my mind is swimming right now, but the basics...
It's my 5 yo boy and he fits the ADD hyperactive type mostly due to his tendancy towards aggression, poor impulse control, talkative nature, always interrupting, etc. It's been a long road to get here and I thought once I had some sort of diagnosis, something to point to and say, "SEE?! That's why!", I would feel better, but I don't. I am more confused than ever in what we should do.
Fortunately, so far in Kindergarten, his teacher and the aide think he is doing great. However, I think that is due to the calm nature of the classroom and the structure. When he is in the playground, inevidently, he gets in trouble or starts to throw a fit or get angry at someone. At home it happens far too often as well. We were offered stimulants for him, but decide not yet, not sure and very scared to go there due to side effects. I'm researching Dr. Amen's Clinic and bought "Healing ADD" (I already have "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life" and a book called "Scattered". I have always wanted to try Feingold, but have had a hard time being brave enough to eliminate some of these foods (the naturally occurring salactilytes). There are non-meds healing people around here, but the studies are not clear. He's been in therapy for over a year.
I was told to talk to the social workers at the school, but not to necessarily tell her he has ADD, but impulse control issues.I'm not sure why. Do I tell the teacher? Will that hurt him? Will I be pressured to give him meds then if the school knows? Do I get him protective status?
Should I now go to his ped and talk with him?
Do I tell friends and family?
We now suspect that my husband and daughter (who is almost 11) had ADD too. My husband has suspected it of himself for quite awhile, but I've suspected something with my daughter for quite some time as well, but the ways it comes out aren't the "norm". Anyway, how do we tackle a potentially household full of ADD-ers? Are there support groups for someone like me?
I hope there's someone out there who can help me get a little more sane and focused to take some steps forward. Thanks to you for reading.