1. Lisa G
    @ 3:22 am

    Thank you for writing my story too. My son is 12 and has been on Ritalin or Concerta for 6 years. I look forward to the day when he can come off his medication, and the stigma that comes with it for him and me, control his own actions, be a valuable member of society as I know will happen!


  2. Rosaliquidink
    @ 3:26 am

    Excellent and insightful post Kellie – well done. I think unfortunately society tends to jump on “trends” claiming their child has ADHD when they probably are just naughty and this then reflects on those that really have the condition. A bit like someone always claiming they are ‘depressed’ or “dying of pain” as it then belittles and takes away from those truly suffering in silence with the conditions. I think it is very brave for a parent to acknowledge that there may be a problem with their child and even greater courage to make a change. Regardless of what we do as parents, ultimately we all have to make difficult decisions and then live with them and we always hope to make the right decision and therefore should never sit in judgement over what others choose for their families. I admire your honesty and admire what you did as a single parent. The wonderful part of this story is that Josh just got his apprenticeship in a job that he has a passion for. Well done to you both x


  3. Stylish Mummy
    @ 3:55 am

    Thank you Lisa! Yes, it isn’t easy is it? It will happen 🙂 All the best to you and your son!

    Thank you, Rosa! Yes, there are definitely kids out there who are wild from lack of discipline, rules and boundaries (that’s going to be a post I do shortly ;)). It is a shame some people use legitimate problems as a cop out and belittles the problem. Hopefully awareness will change this in the future. x


  4. carla delvex
    @ 5:30 am

    I applaud you for telling your side of the story, warts and all.

    I can only imagine how horrifying it must have been when he went missing.

    FTR just about everything on ACA is drivel. But of course … that’s just imho!



  5. Gaynor
    @ 5:41 am

    My heart goes out to you. I was in a relationship with someone suffering from ADHD, and it was nothing short of hell. He was taking at minimum 12 dexamphetamines a day, but what always got me was that it didn’t calm him down, in fact just the opposite. I would often find him cleaning out the kitchen cupboards at 3 in the morning, and he didn’t sleep for days on end. I may as well not have been in the relationship, because he paid me no attention whatsoever. It took me a long time to disentangle myself from who I thought he was and the effects of his condition that I put up with. I believe now that he didn’t in fact have ADHD but was in fact abusing the medication, which turned him into a horrible person who neglected me and as a result damaged me beyond belief at that time. The thing that really struck me like in your article was that the medication didn’t calm him down at all. I really feel for any parent who has a child with ADHD, because so often mental illness is disregarded and ignorant people misjudge people with it – however, in my case, I believe I was living with a drug addict, not an ADHD sufferer. Thank you for sharing your story – what a woman you must be to have two children with special needs. X


  6. Easy Peasy Kids
    @ 11:28 pm

    What a great post and thank you for sharing. I work with diagnosed ADHD Children and will direct the families here to read your post.


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