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!!!!