My son Jason is 8 years old. He has always been hyperactive, so when he started to school, this became a problem for his teachers. He is very bright and seems to learn easily but his grades are only average as he has trouble finishing his assignments. He loves video games and is able to focus on them. His pediatrician said that he has ADHD and want to put him on medication for this. What do you think?
The medication for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) actually works to speed up the part of the brain called the reticular activating system. When the RAS is underactive it does not perform its customary function of helping regulate and focus behavior. When children are given the stimulant Ritalin (or other meds of a similar nature) it appears to have the opposite effect of calming them down. If you want to try medication, make sure that you are aware of all of the side effects. Discuss this with your pediatrician and keep a close watch on Jason.
Another approach might be to get some help from a child psycholigist behavior specialist to to work with Jason.
They might use some behavioral techniques such as “self talk”. This could help him have a plan and slow down his pace. You and his teacher will need to be active participants in his plan. .
If he can learn to control his behavior in this way, there may not be a need for medication. Good luck.