Thanks for your detailed reply.
On a quick note, i do not believe that professionals, whether they be teachers, doctors or psychologists, are out to get my child so to speak. I just have a basic threshold of conviction that needs to be crossed. Contradictory evidence needs to be explained not ignored. (in your case, it looks like it was explained) . I dont trust professionals, unless they make a proper case, which they often dont. I apply my skepticisim everywhere, to professionals, and to anyone, or anything, because truth is important to me.
From your post i see that your son was different than my son at home. I rarely see behaviors that i consider adhd like, unless when applied too listening and comprehension skills. He has always been good with transitions for eg, and very quick at getting ready to leave. My skepticism only deepens the more i look into it. For eg, adhd is so multifaceted that anyone could qualify, even skepticism itself could be considered a symptom of adhd.(in a child it might be construed as oppositional)
(i just read this webpage which outlines different adhd types http://newideas.net/different-types-adhd) Its hardly surprising that adhd patients respond differently to adhd medication.(This just shows me that they are suffering from different conditions that are all labelled adhd)
If however, my ds2, not the subject of this post, was labelled with adhd, i wouldnt for a moment doubt it. But he is not having problems at school, so his behaviors, are irrelevant. Of course, this again, increases my skepticism.
I think adhd is a convenient label, that is accurate for some, and not for others. Im still waiting to be convinced otherwise.
I am not trying to argue that adhd doesnt exist...just trying to understand my own son better, and hope this also helps the OP.
My son clearly does have problems in the classroom-i wonder if the medication that worked for your son would work for mine. I wonder if auditory perception is improved with medication designed to increase focus and attention in general....i would love that!
Edited by contactmaya - 2/17/14 at 1:46pm