WHAT ARE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AFTER STARTING ADHD TREATMENT?

Truth: Some medications they may be given have already kicked in by the time they are in line for breakfast, and their appetites have already decreased, which will cause them to miss their protein-filled breakfast. Thus, the cycle begins of stomach aches and headaches.

  • We should see an improvement in one’s academic performance.

Expectation: My child should begin to make all A’s.

Truth: ADHD medication allows a child to perform at their intellectual ability; it does not academically enhance the child. If A’s are what they are capable of making, that is fantastic; however, if they are making D’s before medication and now making low B’s, or even C’s, that is worthy of praise as well.

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