I am looking for resources on medication for ADD. I am searching on Concerta and Aderall, two drug names that my daughter’s pediatrician has named, but the sources do not answer the question I am wondering about:
What problems does it *not *solve?
The little Gas (about to turn 15) has always had issues with schoolwork that requires concentration (which is most of it). To make a long story short we had a psychologist do a lightweight screening test a couple of years ago and the conclusion was that she was weak in “processing” but she said she would not label her as ADHD. We’ve continued to have problems (which I don’t want to take the space to elaborate in detail here but would be happy to discuss if it would further the discourse; these are not general behavioral problems, but specific to academic performance) and we have a meeting tomorrow with the pediatrician which will include discussing medication. Mrs. Gas (née BakingWithElectricity) is at the point where anything is better than nothing and tends to be forever hopeful and believes in Over The Rainbow, but I am forever skeptical and cynical and do not believe in fairies, silver bullets, bending spoons, or miracle drugs.
So I am not necessarily trying to start one of those threads with 100+ posts, just looking for a few reliable resources. But would be happy to get your opinions if you’ve got 'em.
Bonus round: Is ADD genetic? Because I am wondering if I have it, but nobody ever heard of it when I was a kid so I was just “a little more distracted than other kids.”