Being Tested or Diagnosed for ADHD ADD – Public School Psychologist / Counselor

When I was in third grade my teacher was concerned about my progress and recommended that I be tested for ADHD.  I go to public school so there was a psychologist / counselor on staff that was able to do the screening for ADHD.  The test was basically a series of problems that I had to solve and questions I had to answer that measured my ability to focus and concentrate.  He was very knowledgeable and seemed to really care about my situation.  The good news was that I was found to be above average in intelligence.  The bad news was that I did in fact have ADHD at least according to the test.  My main problem was concentration and focus.  I was hyperactive but not to an extreme.  I was able to manage the hyperactivity but nothing I did on my own could help me focus better.

At this point my parents were called in for a conference and we were referred to a local pediatrician who specializes in treating ADHD.

There are some “Online Tests” that you can take to determine whether a child has an attention deficit disorder.  Some are free and some of the more comprehensive ones charge a fee.  Being tested is the first step towards finding a solution to your attention problem.  It gives you a good idea of the severity of the issue and what level of treatment needs to be implemented.


Finding the Right ADHD Medication / Drugs – Ritalin, Metadate, Adderall, Daytrana Patch Review

After my testing and diagnosis I was referred to a pediatrician who specialized in medication and treatment for ADHD symptoms.  Dr. Reece examined me and looked at the report from the testing and agreed with the diagnosis.  He put me at ease and explained to me and my parents how the different medications worked. We agreed that it would be best to begin with a smaller dosage of medication and increase it if necessary. 

I started out taking Ritalin that had to be swallowed.  This was a problem for me in third grade and I simply could not do it.  Swallow pills that is.  The more I tried the harder it became.  So we immediately switched to another medications.

Metadate is similar to Ritalin but in a time released form.  It also can be opened up and sprinkled on apple sauce.  This worked better for me.  The medication immediately helped me to focus and concentrate and after just a week or so my grades improved dramatically.  In fact, it was shortly after that I was actually tested for the gifted program.  I missed it by a couple of points but was very close and very encouraged.  The problem I had with Metadate was that it wore off too quickly and by the afternoon was not effective anymore.

The doctor then prescribed Daytrana.  This is a fairly expensive drug and is really just Methylphenidate which is the same drug that is in Ritalin or Metadate.  The difference is the delivery system. This is what made it wonderful.  Daytrana or the patch is time released and gives a steady supply of Methylphenidate throughout the day.  I believe it is called transdermal. Like I said before, it was the same basic drug as before but with a much better way of getting it into your system.  I was on Daytrana from 3rd grade until the end of 8th grade and can’t say enough good things about it.  It is what rescued me from the effects of ADHD. 

Another nice feature of the Daytrana patch is that you can cut in in half or in thirds.   That way as you grow you can increase the size or if you feel you do not need as much you can decrease it.  You would want to consult your doctor about this but this is what I did.  It is harder to do this will pills.

In closing I will say that Daytrana was not without side effects.  It made me feel sort of dark and not myself.  I was off it in the afternoon, weekends and summers so it was not too bad.  I did, however, want to be off of it and in my first week of high school I was able to do this.


Flaxseed Oil,Primrose Oil, Fish Oil for ADHD or ADD treatment therapy diet

Many children with ADHD are deficient in Omega oils (or essential fatty acids). This deficiency has been shown to decrease a persons ability to concentrate or focus, cause fatigue, affect memory and produce mood swings or depression. FLAX SEED OIL is a good source of Omega oil and when added properly to a diet can correct this deficiency.  Omega oils are beneficial in many other areas as well and are a good addition to any diet ADHD or otherwise.

The idea with any ADHD diet is simply to bring the body back into balance and remove anything that may be adding to or causing a problem.  That way you are at least dealing with the issue in a child that is healthy in all other respects.

It is recommended that you start with 1 – 2 teaspoons a day of flax seed oil in a childs diets.  I have found that the oil works great in smoothies.  It actually makes them better believe it or not.

You can get the same benefits from Fish Oil but many people are hesitant to use fish oil because of the fear of mercury poisoning.  Using flax seed oil can eliminate these concerns.   Evening Primrose Oil is another source of Omega Oils.

Flax seed oils or any oil that contains Omega 3 and 6 also have other benefits.  Better skin and hair, a healthier heart, lower inflammation, better circulations, better immunity to name a few.



Getting off of ADHD ADD Medication – How I deal with Attention Deficit without Medication

I am now 14 years old and making all A’s and B’s in school.  I have my own graphics business and am saving for college.  I build websites (normally two at the same time – Ha Ha) and I love tennis.

When I entered 9th grade I was still on the Daytrana patch.  I felt like it helped me academically but sort of held me back socially.  I wanted to feel myself and was willing to work hard and stay disciplined so that I could do well in school with no medication.  My parents agreed to try and we came up with a step by step plan that has worked well so far. 

Step One – My grades had to be good.  I needed to prove that while on the patch I could maintain A’s and B’s.  I was already doing this so it was no problem.  If you are making mostly C’s that you should probably stop here.

Step Two – We established a study plan that would help me keep up with my school work and would provide some type of accountability for me.  This was basically me making notes in a journal. 

Step Three – I had to improve my diet and cut out junk food and sugar.  I increased my protein intake and maintain a 2 to 1 protein to carbohydrate balance.  In the mornings I drink a smoothie with protein powder, fruit and yogurt.  I also will drink some coffee in the morning or some Mountain Dew during the day.  The doctor said it will help and it seems to.

Step Four – I got a backup tutor.  I meet with an older high school student once a week and go over my classes.  She has had the classes and is able to help me keep up.  She also makes straight A’s.  Tip – get a smart tutor.

Step Five –  We check my grades daily on the computer.  Our school has up to the minute updates so if I have a poor grade I know about it and can make plans to fix it.

Step Six – We went to the doctor that prescribed the Daytrana for a consulation.  We thought he may be against getting off the medication but he was all for it.  He said that from 30% to 50% of kids grow out of ADHD as they approach adulthood.  He also said that when I get into college I may want to get a refill of Daytrana and use it when necessary. 

My day to day routine involves going to school, monitoring my grades, meeting with my tutor once a week and studying.   My parents help me whenever a grade gets low.  I also lose privileges when any class drops below a B.  So far I have always been able to pull my grades back up within a week or so.