To medicate, or not to medicate, that is the question?

written by Kate Macpherson

  1. #autism
  2. #parent
  3. #school
  4. #adhd
  5. #aspergers
  6. #medication

With Harry getting older and school becoming more demanding his Asperger's was becoming more of a challenge for him in the classroom. On the advice of his teachers and medical team, Kate was faced with the difficult decision of whether to medicate Harry or not. Here she shares her story.

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Since Harry started year 2 last September it was becoming increasingly evident that he was not coping at school! His teacher commented that his behaviour was inconsistent and that you never knew if it was going to be a good day or bad!

It was his ADHD that was now stopping Harry from functioning properly in the classroom and the world and I was talked to by numerous professionals about the possibility of medicating him!

This was something neither I or my husband had contemplated, but having said that we had never thought we would have a "special" child! So I was open to anything!

After talking it through with all Harry's doctors and people who help him I decided to take the decision of putting Harry on to medication, to give it a try to see if it would help him. My husband was not on side with the medicating, which in itself brought about a huge strain on our relationship, however I was of the mind set that if it could help make Harry's life easier then why wouldn't you?

If you have a physical illness you take medicine so why not for a mental illness?

Don't get me wrong I had huge personal, emotional issues about putting very strong drugs into the body of a skinny 6 year old boy but I thought it was worth a go and if it didn't work, then we would just take him off them.

School was becoming more challenging

Thankfully since Harry started the medication in January it has really helped him to focus and sit for a prolonged amount of time and it seems to have calmed him down a little, but not enough to dull down his cheeky personality thankfully!

Medication has been a positive step for Harry and our whole family and I am thankful for that.

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