I was homeschooled from grades 6 to 10 [without drugs] and during that time I pulled ahead in my math work and got A's on all of my tests. Then [beginning with grade 11] I was returned to school [for some but not all courses]. After a month I was pulled back off it and that was the end of talks about drugs for the condition. No more temper tantrums, throwing things, hitting, or reckless behavior."Off meds she is inattentive, argumentative, and unpleasant to be with. She does have the side effect of appetite suppression, so we have to get creative to get enough calories into her. He will start high school in the fall, with over 20 hours of high school credit, and honors level high school science under his belt [from his homeschooling years].
I was able to study how I wanted to, fidget when I wanted to. That is easily accommodated, though, and we have been happy with her progress both socially and academically in the three years that we have homeschooled.""Once the drug [Focalin XR-a stimulant] kicked in, everything changed. He is becoming the brilliant kid I only saw in flashes before the drugs." Conclusion 2: The children's behavior, moods, and learning generally improved when they stopped conventional schooling, not because their ADHD characteristics vanished but because they were now in a situation where they could learn to deal with those characteristics. And her behavior in groups can still be very wild--she is so excitable and dramatic and sometimes scares other children a little. As I've gotten to know her better, I find it more and more odd that we label these children the ‘learning disabled.' She does naturally the things other children find so hard--word problems in math, seeing large complex solutions to problems, being a creative problem solver, having a unique perspective on a book she read. And she struggles with the things that are so easily remedied.... " Conclusion 3: Many of these children seem to have a very high need for self-direction in education, and many "hyper focus" on tasks that interest them.
As a 10 year old, he was terrified during every shower b/c he thought terrorists were poisoning the water.
My brother wasn't so disruptive on the medications, but he never excelled in school until his last two years of high school, when he attended a private school that was loosely based on Sudbury Valley.
Of the 28 children in this sample, 13 were never medicated (these were mostly children who were never in a conventional school or who were removed from conventional school very shortly after the diagnosis), 9 were medicated for at least part of the time that they had been in a conventional school but were removed from medication after removal from school, and only 6 (21% of the full sample) were being medicated at the time the story was written.
Of the six who were medicated at the time the story was written, one was on Strattera (a non-stimulant norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor), one had just started his first day of homeschooling and was taking Vyvance (a stimulant), and the remaining four were still on stimulants even though they had been homeschooled for a year or more.
After coming off the drug my parents noted that I was less angry and generally happier with what was going on around me, as well as less prone to tantrums. Eventually we tried Strattera (a non-stimulant ADHD medication, a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) and it helped so much.
At the end of 5th grade my parents made the choice to homeschool me. We tried it for a month, and I went into a severe depression from the effects. He now has that second to think about what he's going to do and he makes better choices.
He developed severe depression at age 10 [while on Adderall]. Each drug seemed to make him better for a few months, and then worse.
When a drug caused a side effect, he would be given another one to combat the side effect. He developed a B12 deficit because of the Adderall. It was just the best thing we could have done for our child.