Confession: I Choose Not to Medicate

I feel like I’m not doing enough for my son. He’s having such a hard time in school and his teacher makes me feel like he’s not doing well because I choose not to medicate him.  I don’t think medication is the answer. I think she’s copping out of dealing with him.  Yes he can’t sit still… Yes he can’t focus… Yes he’s having a hard time following direction, but he’s such a smart little boy.  Am I wrong to not medicate?

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9 thoughts on “Confession: I Choose Not to Medicate

  1. I loved working with ‘disruptive’ kids, I mentored over 40 of them over a five year period in one school. All of them at some point had been put on medication, but only one really “needed” it to function within the school environment. The one that had to have his medication was a nightmare without it, and we would know within minutes of him walking through the door if he had taken it or not. Usually because he would be accompanied by police officers. The vast majority of children I mentored needed extra help, extra time and someone patient enough to talk to and treat them like human beings; something that a lot of teachers in the UK’s league table chasing culture are unable and unwilling to do.
    Questions I would ask are:
    is the school equipped and willing to give any extra assistance to my child?
    Would a change in diet help rather than medication?
    Are the changes to my childs personality so drastic that the essence of what makes him, him disappears?
    Are there any underlying conditions such as dyslexia that can exhibit as disruptive behavior?
    Just my twopenneth

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  2. Speaking as a 70-year-old who is on multiple psychoactive meds and has been since an excruciatingly painful mid-life crisis, perhaps rather than medication at this formative age, some alternative educational programing would help more.

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  3. It helps to get a second or third opinion. We do not always see our children as others do. What is acceptable behavior at home is not in a classroom or daycare setting. I ended up medicating my son to enable him to sit still and succeed in school when he was young. He outgrew the need for stimulant medication and is a now a very well-behaved teen.

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  4. As a teacher she is also responsible for the other children in the class. It’s a huge impediment to teaching them if she has a disruptive child to deal with. If he can’t behave well enough for others to be taught he probably needs a different class with similar kids.

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    • Nephila did you comment on any previous posts (since the last one I responded to)? I’ve been being bombarded with spam and I’m afraid I may have missed some of yours by accident.

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  5. Medicating a child is such a tough decision. I agree with the sentiment that it may be beneficial to get a few opinions before making a decision.

    Also too consider what is intent behind medicating. Is it physical, behavioral or both? Short term or long term? Can therapy accomplish the same end result? Perhaps does your child need more one on one tutoring our something that can be provided through the school?

    Whatever the decision, if it is made from a loving heart with the child’s best interest in mind, then feel confident in making it!

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