He Stayed In The Lines

October 16-22nd is ADHD Awareness Week.  So, I thought I’d make you aware…

After Children’s Hospital evaluated Cub 1, they made suggestions as to what steps we could take next. The first option was to do nothing. The second option was to do medicine for the anxiety, as well as medicine for ADHD. The third option was to treat the ADHD with medicine and try cognitive behavior therapy to treat the anxiety. So, we decided to go with option three.

There are so many more medications for children now (other than Ritalin and Adderall) that doesn’t make them seem like zombies.  We decided to try Concerta which is a 10-hour medication. It would be just enough to get him through the school day and homework. Plus, we didn’t have to give it to him continuously. So, on the weekends he could be Concerta-free.

A few days before the beginning of the new school year, Cub 1 took his first dose of Concerta. We watched him closely all day. We went shopping for school clothes and everything seemed normal until we took a break for lunch and Cub 1 did this…

Before that day, Cub 1’s coloring skills looked more like that of a 5-year old right-handed child trying to color with their left-hand. On that day, he stayed within the lines and even took the time to use different colors! It was the first indication that Concerta was a good choice for us.

Some families don’t have it as easy when deciding to do medication. They share how different their child seems to be, or that their child seemed to make no changes and they close the book all together on helping their kids improve. I cannot say that we wouldn’t have had the same reaction if Concerta had failed to meet our expectations. My advice is to make sure that you can still see your child’s personality on and off the medication. Cub 1 was able to focus in school and through homework in the afternoons, but he was still himself when he didn’t need to be so focused.  There are other changes that came about – both good and bad – as we began this new journey.

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2 thoughts on “He Stayed In The Lines

  1. Melinda says:

    That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing. God is an awesome God. Cub 1 will do well, as he has his Church Family praying for him…and for all of you!

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