Our 7 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD primarily inattentive a year ago after her K and 1st grade teachers raised concerns about her ability to focus at school. We were able to obtain an IEP and a number of accommodations. She also goes to OT (outside of school) for fine and gross motor skill issues. She reads above grade level and is doing well in math but her teachers are concerned that she will begin to fall behind as the curriculum becomes more difficult. As a bit of background, several of my family members have ADHD but they were quite hyperactive.
I would like try medication but my husband is concerned about it affecting/dampening her personality (which is super sweet and funny). If this happened when your children started on medication, what did you do? Try a new medication, lower the dose?
My niece started college last year and the psychiatrist at her college took her off the stimulant medication and now she is struggling with depression. Has anyone else experienced this with themselves or their children? I'm curious if it is common for adults to be taken off the stimulant medication (or do some stay on it their entire lives) and if depression is a common side effect from being take off the medication?
Finally, how do people find child psychiatrists for their ADHD children? Her primary care physician recommended physicians who charge $5-7k for diagnosis. My husband found a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with ADHD using the test results provided by the school but our observations were that his patients were all teenagers. And the doctors recommended to us aren't taking new patients. We looking for recommendations in the East bay --preferably Walnut Creek/Concord area but willing to travel to Berkeley and Oakland for a great doctor!