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Mother of an ADHD Child: "I just feel like I want to cry"

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Loving and concerned mother

This morning in one of the ADHD groups I read this message from a mother of an ADHD child, which was very emotional and she is looking for help on how to handle difficult mornings. For the respect of her privacy I will not disclose her name, but here is the message and it's so common with many parents who raise children with ADHD. What would you advise her?


"I just feel like I want to cry. We had 'one of those mornings.' My 6 year old focaline medicated son refused to eat before his medications. We give him his meds on a spoon mixed into sugar. When it came time to take the meds he closed his mouth on the first part of the spoon and blew all of it everywhere. I have no idea how much he got, but it couldn't have been much.

"We then pulled out another pill from our emergency 'extra' container of the 2 pills we have managed to hord from picking up a day early due to shabbat for cases just like this. He refused it. He refused it again. He swore he would be able to behave without it (my thought -- 'like you are now?'). He ran into his room and hid. We ended up having to pin him down and pour the medicine into his mouth ... got about half of it in. He was in tears. I was in tears. I just want to cry.

"How do you handle these mornings?"

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One of the parents, who also raises a child with ADHD responded and wrote that "maybe it's time he learned how to swallow the capsule? My son started meds at 6, but he had been taking things like antibiotics in pill form for a bit more than a year before that, so he has always taken his meds without a fuss."

Another parent wrote that her grandson began swallowing capsules at age 4. "The pediatrician had him practice with Tic-Tac's. I was shocked at how easily he learned," she wrote.

Other parents with ADHD children wrote that some of them didn't give their children a choice. They learned from the start to swallow the pill.

Here is another solution. "I scoop out a spoonful of applesauce and pour the focalin on top and he eats it that way. Never had a problem," wrote another parent.

If you are parent in a similar situation, how do you handle situations like this?

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Perhaps this mother should be aware that approaching ADHD from the cause can eliminate the need for medications. In fact, the natural lowering of adrenaline can often cause a dramatic change in her sons behavior. I have written a book that explains how this can be done. The mother should also be aware that children inherit hormones from their parents.
The child's comments do not reflect an inability to eat the medication, rather a desire to either: 1. Not to experience the effects of it, or 2. Because s/he is rebelling against the implication that they are 'deficient'. I am not a psychologist/psychiatrist or medically trained. I do have ADHD. My diagnosis came as an adult: I take my medication by choice. I was furious when it was first suggest to me that I should be medicated. I can't imagine how much harder that emotional turmoil would be for a child.