Several different forms of medication exist for treating ADHD. Stimulants, including Ritalin and Adderall, are very common among children with ADHD. The drugs do have side effects, including sleeplessness, potential growth problems, stomach pain, headache or depression. Strattera is the first non-stumlant drug approved for ADHD, and it works by increasing levels of select chemicals in the brain. Antidepressants have also been used off-label to treat ADHD.
When we give our children with ADHD Ritalin, we can see the changes in them. They may be able to sit still. They may be able to concentrate more and be less impulsive or hyperactive. The first day my son took Ritalin, the changes were visibly noticeable. He did not trip, he read a book, he sat through an entire family dinner without getting up or…