The Adderall seemed so promising at first…but alas, it didn’t work out.
This is what I wrote to SuperE’s pediatrician in early September, about the 2nd week of school:
“The main reason for my son to take medicine is so he can perform well in school, learn what he should, along with his peers.
At this point he can’t, won’t, do math that he learned in kindergarten. He’s in second grade. He could do this a year ago and throughout his first grade year. But now he’s disrupting class, plus he’s making, and has already made, a first impression with his new classmates of being a troublemaker.
We waited over the summer with a new medicine that we knew wasn’t working well, so we could get a baseline of information from school. In the mean time this summer, in our new neighborhood, it was established that he was not welcomed in the group of other boys his age.
Last year I was looking forward to a year in a school where he would be appreciated for his strengths and not his idiosyncrasies, and I got that. Now I am just hoping that he can stay up with the rest of his class and not get kicked out of school. Or maybe he could make a friend. I’ve given up the thought of the assessments for the Davidson Institute, though 5 months ago the Gifted Development Center thought he was capable of meeting the challenge.
He wasn’t a troublemaker before. He was a nice sensitive child, a very bright person who had his peculiarities, but could learn and didn’t prevent others from learning.
Now I get a call or email from his teacher every single day. How is this considered okay?
We’ve changed all that was positive with his medication. We removed him from the medication that worked pretty well and put him on medication that doesn’t, or perhaps just a dosage that doesn’t. Why are we not making changes now to fix that? What good is there in waiting? I see a lot of harm being done waiting. He’s being uncooperative and I’ve received complaints from school, Tae Kwon Do, and most recently soccer. We are establishing habits, bad habits, of his own behavior, and of other people’s reactions to him. We are doing harm.”
Since I wrote this note, the pediatrician referred us to a psychiatrist who could work out the appropriate medication. We went back to the Concerta, but only the 36mg dosage, and that was a little better, and then we augmented it with Guanfacine. We are ending our 2nd month with this and it is definitely workable, but it also appears that he’s getting used to the medicine and it’s less effective as time goes on.
I had a short conversation with his teacher recently about how things are better now compared to when school started, and she noted that it was night and day, and that previously, he was “unreachable”. For his sake, I hope we never have to go through that again.