As parents we were very hesitant about putting our 16 year old daughter on ADHD medication. However, we had exhausted all other avenues from diet to supplements and our daughter was really struggling to cope with her ADHD symptoms. She was home schooled due to bullying and finding the school environment incredibly over whelming along with the lack of focus and the need for constant movement. We could see on a daily basis the struggles and how unhappy our daughter was, so we discussed the medication options and our concerns with Dr Walsh who made us feel a lot more comfortable and confident about the decision. We could not have envisaged how this medication would transform our daughters life.
She is back completing her senior cycle at a new school, has made a lovely circle of friends, is very focused and doing extremely well at school getting lots of praise from teachers for her excellent work ethic and most importantly she is now an extremely happy young lady with such confidence and self belief.
Our daughter started on the lowest dose and over a period of two months this dose was adjusted and we now feel she is at her optimal dose. During this period there were minor side effects such as, headaches, dry mouth and minor shakes in her hand which tended to occur towards the late afternoon when the dose was wearing off. She no longer suffers from these side effects. I would like to thank Dr Walsh, Dr Carty and all the team at ADHD Doc who treated our daughter with such compassion and provided fantastic continuous support.
The following paragraph is what my daughter wrote about being on ADHD medication:
“Concerta has made a significant improvement in my life, I feel happier and more confident. I’m able to do the things I like without feeling the need to move around, I feel better about myself. My memory’s improved and I’m doing better in school. Everything I used to do is done better, hard things are easier and it feels like I’ve being freed, like I’ve being given the ability to live how I want to, and not have to wait to get the motivation to do anything. I feel like I’ve been given a choice.”