This is the one subject I struggle with the most. It took me three years to be convinced to give it a try.
i beat myself up, had endless sleepless nights and drove my nearest and dearest demented with my doubts. But the quote…..YOU HAVE TO REACH A CHILD TO TEACH A CHILD finally won me over and we began our Ritalin adventure stroke nightmare.
So twelve months on……..
Zak has stopped bouncing off the walls.
Zak has come on leaps and bounds at school.
Zak has focus on most things he does.
School are over the moon with him.
Zak now has more time to process his feelings which 99% of the time are ones of anger, frustration and sadness.
It has uncovered more autistic traits.
His anxieties have heightened.
He has lost 9lb in weight.
I am now at a crossroads. His progress at school is fantastic but I do not feel comfortable. I don’t like giving him a controlled drug. This puts Ritalin in a category of methadone and pethidene.
Even with the positives I don’t believe it makes Zak a happy boy and I am now trying to convince doctors to let him try the non stimulant medication,
My head says Trish, stop over-thinking, Zak is doing well, it’s not forever and just stick with it but my heart screams…..stuff the GCSE’s, I want my happy, bouncy solider back!!!!