Ds has taken ADD meds for 6 months. We started with the lowest doseage and tried several different formulas before settling on one that held few, minor side effects and also corrected the focus issue. (This was after 4 solid years of trying every other option -- herbal, diet, environmental manipulation, allergy work, other healing practises.) Now, 6 months into meds, he no longer responds as well to them -- breakthrough of old, non-focus behaviors. I talked to the doc, and she gave us a script for the next highest doseage. When I filled it, I had a conversation with the pharmacist who told me that over time, usually every 6 months (!) the child's body will need more of the same med to achieve the results. I do not want to increase his dose every 6 months. I did not want him on the meds initially, although the results are dramatic and have changed his life for the better.
This weekend, we started the increased dose. Yes, it works. He is clearly not over-dosed, as I saw the symptoms of that on another med we tried (basically, he was tweaked out which is not a pretty thing in a child. The other over-dosed scenario is lethargy, which is not the case, either.)
Part of me wants to drastically change everything, pull him out of school and home-school, pull him off meds, blow up the tv, etc. etc. etc. The other part recognizes that although I don't care if he isn't the profile of a "typical" suburban kid, he does need to be able to accomodate the mainstream at least partially. He doesn't play organised sports with the exception of swim team, we don't do much tv, we eat only organics, blah blah. On the other hand, we live in a community that looks like a set for a movie about American Suburbia with green lawns and big houses and 2.5 kids, and all that jazz.
I guess I'm just looking for feedback. I have learned that most mamas on this board have really valuble viewpoints that I may not have considered, and I can incorporate them into what ever problems I've tried to solve. Thanks and bright blessings.