From Conserta to Adderall to the more commonly prescribed Ritalin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, medications are very common these days in schools. ADHD is a condition that develops in children and makes it hard for them to control their behavior or pay attention.
Paige Osburn is the mother of 6 children, including twin boys who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
" It's behavior the child can't control. We knew from birth, from day one, that something was different," said Osburn.
Paige says she noticed the twins were having trouble sitting still and listening in school and at home. After a doctor's diagnosis for ADHD, she and her husband decided to medicate the twins.
" It was a hard decision to make, but it was definitely the right one. Within a couple of days of the boys taking the medicine, we knew we made the right decision. It's almost like giving them their life back, " said Osburn.
Paige's sons also see a Bryan ISD school psychologist. The psychologists are able to work with students and help them adapt in the classroom.
" We would evaluate if we should modify the school work or modify instruction, and see what is the appropriate academic setting for the student, " said Dr. Adam Saenz, a BISD School Psychologist.
Many critics believe that ADHD is often mis-diagnosed and patients are over medicated, but there are tell, tell signs that Doctors must look for in order to make the proper diagnosis.
ADHD symptoms include....
Impulsiveness- acts quickly without thinking first.
Hyperactivity- can't sit still and talks while others are talking.
Inattention- sidetracked by what's going on around them. Although these symptoms seem like typical child behavior, but in some cases they become much more severe.
" When those characteristics give you problems in your day to day life such as school , peer relations, and family relations, then I think it's legitimate to treat with a medicine that can relieve those symptoms," said Peditrician, Dr. Jesse Parr.
Dr. Parr is one of only a few doctors in the area who will diagnose and prescribe medication for ADHD. He says much more is known about the condition today and that it starts during early childhood and can continue into adulthood.
Paige says she is happy with the positive changes she has seen with the twins since they started taking their medicine and going to counseling.
" They're wonderful, they're sweet, they're loving, and really sensitive children and sometimes ADHD can mask who a child really is, " said Osburn.