A week ago we started our kiddo on Strattera. It was a very difficult decision to choose medication. We have read thread after thread of side effects, and studies. We are painfully aware that the long term effects of medicating for ADHD are yet to be discovered. I’ve had nightmares of my child turning into a pedophile or drug addict as an adult after medicating. We know others may scrutinize our parenting and say things like: “way to take the easy way out” or “is it easier parenting a zombie?”
When it comes right down to it, our goal isn’t to make parenting easier. The goal is to provide the best opportunities to succeed. We want our child to be invited to birthday parties, have sleep overs with friends, and not be judged by teachers and support staff. We want him to use his brilliant mind without being hampered by his inability to sit still and slow his motor. If Strattera helps him achieve this future, we will go down that road.