ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My daughter has adhd

Updated on February 12, 2015

What Do I Do Now??

I realized early on when my daughter was in Kindergarten that she just wasn't learning as fast as the other kids. Now I know they all learn at different paces but she was falling way behind. Unfortunately at her school she can't get any educational intervention until she started first grade. As a parent this frustrated me. Even her doctor realized something was going on and referred her to a specialist. We had to drive 3 hours to see a neuropsychologist. This is scary just thinking about it. No parent wants their child to have delays and I was scared. It could be something small causing it or it could be something big. The words ADHD were mentioned at the first visit but he didn't really think that was the cause. First grade and second grade came and went and although she was getting special ed in school, she was falling further and further behind. Her teachers mentioned again that she is very squirmy in her seat and just restless. The third time we made the 3 hour drive to see her doctor he once again considered the ADHD route. He actually really watched her this time and worked with her and said "I think this is what is going on." Ok you think is not a great answer but its something. He wanted to wait until the end of summer to try any medications with her. His reasoning for this, I'm not sure. She seen her regular doctor at the end of summer and the whole 3 months all I could think about was the horror stories I have heard about the meds. Were they going to help her or hurt her? It was my job as her mother to determine what was best for her.

Going ahead with meds

I was scared but we decided to try a low dose medication. I was told that she could become a zombie which would mean it was not right for her. The change in her was seen after about an hour of taking her pill. She calmed down and became mellow. At home wasn't a big deal to begin with but when she started third grade they could tell instantly that their was a good change. Her work started to get better and she started reading better. Things went good for quite awhile and then one day things with her changed. She started trying to get out of taking her pill and tried to hide it from me a few times and not take it. I don't know if something happened at school but she really started to feel "different." She is in certain ways but I've never wanted her to feel like it was a bad thing. She started acting up and we decided to take her to a behavioral therapist. It helped a little and she started to become herself again. She had a few more good months again but she is going downhill again. She told me the other day that she feels stupid and wishes she was able to stay with her class all day. My heart sank to know that she thinks that way of herself. I did alot of talking to her and got her to feel differently. Her special ed teacher said that she's not making as much progress but her attitude is getting better again. She is still way behind her class but eventually I am hopeful she will catch up. I still struggle with the fact that I feel like I "dope her up" but I have to consider the alternative. I don't want her falling further behind just because she can't sit still and concentrate. People need to know that medicine is not always the best option but you have to do what is right for your child. She is my special girl and even though we have our difficulties I love her with all my heart and will always do what I need to do to get her through school so she can thrive.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)