Hi Friends. I’m going to write about something that has been on my mind for years. It’s a bit controversial, but for the first time I am going to discuss this out loud. This is a new one for me and I’d love to hear your input as well. Okay… here we go.
In general, there is a lot of controversy over to medicate or not to medicate a child. I feel like I have been a part of this controversy of the past eleven years; watching students of mine and students of others struggle day to day with various types of mental illness, syndromes, disorders, and diseases.
It saddens me on a certain level to see what the possibilities could be if some kids were given the chance to have medication, and continue to possibly have a productive day/week/month/year/life. And, to give their minds a rest from working overtime, to help make/keep friends, be a successful student, etc. But on the other hand I can see why parents choose not to medicate their child; for fear that it will change them on some certain level, become dependent on the medication it- self, or it could possibly take something away from their child. I see both sides equally.
When I went to do some research on this subject earlier this week, almost every article I came across on the internet had the initials “ADHD” attached to it. It kinda threw me for a loop, so as I continued reading, they all seemed to say the same thing. At http://www.LIVESTRONG.com they said that “ADHD is the most common mental disorder in children and adolescents and 4.1 percent of adults have it. Only half of this population is medicated and the other half is not.”
When Willy was first diagnosed with severe ADHD back in March of this year, the doctor was very quick to prescribe. He hadn’t even met Willy yet (it was just a parent meeting) and already we were discussing the best course of action for him… medication. I was horrified over the matter at hand. My little boy, not yet 4 was going to be medicated. The doctor told me to look at this as a positive and not a negative. I wasn’t loosing anything from this, only to gain from this. So, Willy was put on a brand new stimulant called Quillivant. I questioned the fact that it was a stimulant and not a relaxant, but doctor knows best, right? WRONG! We were practically scraping him off of the ceiling, and when his teacher called me at work saying “I’ve never seen him like this before, what do I do?” I knew right away that this medication was NOT right for us. So, plan b was put into place immediately and the doctor prescribed Clonidine. All I can say is wow! Almost immediately Willy started speaking 2-3 word sentences (he couldn’t do that before), he was asking questions and commenting on his own questions (never did that before either), he is processing information easier, and he seems like he is able to take in his surroundings a bit more and relax. HOLY $#!%, this stuff is great! We are still trying to find the right dosage amount for Willy, but the progress says it all.
Yes, there is a down side to having Willy medicated. He’s tired often, (we are working with the doctor on this), at times he’s irritable and cranky (because he’s tired) and sometimes I think that he’ not as vibrant as he used to be. But honestly… He’s still amazing! He still makes me smile constantly, he still has the energy of twenty 4 year olds, and his hugs and kisses are endless. He is doing better in school and his teachers have seen a major turn-around with him, and that makes me feel over the moon!
So, of course there are pro’s and con’s with just about every situation, but when it comes to your child’s well being, think about it globally. When I say globally, I mean, think about who your child is and who they will become in the near and distant future. Will they be able to succeed on their own or will they need a little help in doing so? And that’s where you come in, my friends. No child should feel like they have to struggle with something that they can not help or justify.
Please feel free to comment on this. I’d love to know what you think. 🙂