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What else can I do???

My son has all the symptoms of ADHD and I was told by a Doctor and the age of 4 that he more than likely had it...he told me that I had to wait until he was at least 5yrs of age before I could get a definite diagnosis....How do I get him tested? What else can I do? I have changed his diet,tried different ways of discipline and tryed to limit him from getting overstimulated...nothing seems to be working in fact he only seems to be getting worse...Antyhing would be greatly appreciated...Thanks in advance
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what ever you do don't put him on medicines ,the side effects are worse than what you are dealing with already.

my son started having seizures after being on medicines for his adhd.And now I wish we had not put him on anything.The side effect cant be reversed.So now he is on even more medicines to try and stop the seizures,and had surgery on the 24th of june,the VNS put in and waiting to see if that will help.

get your son tested for everything,have them check his blood levels for everything and make sure they are all where they should be.Have an egg done.

as soon as I found out in 2006 that my son was having seizures and could be from his adhd medicines ,I took him off .And will not put him back on.

try given him vitamins ,I just started my son today on omega 3-6-9 ,also B6.

Would hate for another family and child to go threw what my son and family has.

Best of luck to you. God bless you all.
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check out Neurofeedback. the website that of the person I see that has links to other practicing people you can trust is www.neurotherapynw.com. its a new, drug free way of treating all sorts of stuff including AD(H)D. i know it can be even used on children at a very young age. if you want more about my personal exprience ive got a older post down below.
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    The best thing that you can do is to read all you can about ADHD!  That way you will be able to understand what is going on with your son.
     Some of the best suggested books are: a new book by a UC Berkley honors student with severe  ADHD about growing up with ADHD.  The book is  called - "ADHD and Me,  What I learned from lighting fires at the dinner table," by  Blake Taylor.   Basically, "the Cal freshman tells hjow he made the ADHD work in his favor."  Two other good books are - "Driven to Distraction" by Hallowell, and "The Gift of ADHD", by Honos-Web
    The next thing to do is to find (if you can afford it) a child psychologist who specializes in ADHD.  A regular MD can help, but this is not a simple aliment, nor are the treatments.  It is a bit of a trial and error process to find the correct medication that matches the child's level of ADHD, his weight, etc.  And as DollyN, can attest - there are things that can go wrong.  Fortunately for the millions of kids on medication, there is usually not the complications that  DollyN has had to go through.  But what is important, is to get a Doctor that understands ADHD.
    Do realize that in a sense (if he has ADHD), it will only get worse because of the pressure that school will put on him.  It will become very difficult as the subject matter gets more complicated to keep up, and this will put great pressure on him.
     Finally, as I mentioned earlier, do learn what ADHD is and can do to kids.  It completely changes the way they should be disciplined.   Good Luck
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