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Adhd, long term meds and weaning



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amother
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Post Wed, May 15 2024, 3:04 pm
Anyone here has any experience with adhd meds as a child not needing them as an adult?

t looks like my kid will need meds to function in school.
Over school break he's amazing. But as soon as he's back in school. Poof.

I don't want him to be medicated only to miss out on growing up learning appropriate skills and then be dependent on the medication all his life.
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amother
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Post Wed, May 15 2024, 7:44 pm
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amother
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Post Wed, May 15 2024, 7:46 pm
I think people try to work on the skills once they’re on medication and they say it’s much easier. Why can’t that be the case here?
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amother
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Post Fri, May 17 2024, 3:40 am
The book finally focused by Dr James Greenblatt has things you can give to help avoid medication. https://www.amazon.com/Finally.....r=8-1
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amother
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Post Fri, May 17 2024, 7:42 am
amother OP wrote:
Anyone here has any experience with adhd meds as a child not needing them as an adult?

t looks like my kid will need meds to function in school.
Over school break he's amazing. But as soon as he's back in school. Poof.

I don't want him to be medicated only to miss out on growing up learning appropriate skills and then be dependent on the medication all his life.

It’s the opposite-being on meds actually allowed me to learn appropriate skills that I couldn’t learn unmedicated. Unmedicated, there’s a lot that gets missed due to the ADHD ‘noise’ in our brains, distractibility, etc. College without meds was extremely difficult. There’s a noticeable increase in my GPA from undergrad (no meds) to grad school (where I was on meds). Taking away his meds is literally like taking away his glasses to “help him learn to be more independent” and “not rely on them so much,” cuz what’s going to happen if they break and can’t get ahold of a new one on the spot…
And yes, some people may need meds for life. It’s not the end of the world. What is bad is the stigma we all have against meds. Long term ADHD med usage actually showed positive changes in brain structure/wiring that people wouldn’t have otherwise had if not for the medication.
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