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Clinical Practice Points on the Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of ADHD in Children and Adolescents submission

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My son, now 13, was diagnosed with moderate ADHD, processing disorder and oppositional defiance disorder at age 8. Using behavioural modification methods, we coped quite well until puberty hit and he began to make some very bad decisions, became exceedingly aggressive and impulsive. He is now on stimulant medication. His marks and behaviour at school have turned around completely. His relationships with his family and peers and his confidence have grown dramatically. He still has a way to go in terms of improvement, but he is now approachable and open to improving his life.

He is under the regular care of a paedatrician who he feels very comfortable with. He isn't forced to take his medication. He choses to as he can feel and see the changes within himself.

With regard to the long term use - we will see. We will follow the guidance of the health professionals who manage him.

Page reviewed: 14 September, 2012