My son has been diagnosed with ADHD since he was about 6 years old. I wouldn't accept that diagnosis at that time because it was a "FAD diagnosis" at that time, and was a misdiagnosis on many occassions. So, we wouldn't even begin to accept that diagnosis until we sent our son before a panel of doctors in Atlanta, GA. who administered a battery of tests to determine true ADHD/ADD.
He was diagnosed with Mild to Moderate ADHD. Over the years, we have tried so many meds with little to no success. With some of the medications that he was taking, the doctors would request a "routine" blood test to be sure that the medication wasn't doing any organ damage! This is SCARY!
Now, as our son has grown older (14 yrs.), he has developed more symptoms such as Severe Anxiety that has taken over his ability to attend school regularly and maintain friendships.
He has ADHD insomnia accompanied with uncontollable kicking and jumping in his sleep, and awakes many times throughout the night sweating profusely. This disrupts his day by sometimes beginning with a headache, tiredness, moodiness and, at times, combatitiveness.
He sometimes developes "hives" on his face, chest, stomach and arms along with fast heart rate and nausea and/or vomiting. We are currently attempting to get him help from different doctors and see what they can do for him, but in the meantime, we are to the end of ideas to help him.
He cries and says that he just wants to be like everyone else. He hates the way that the medications make him feel, and he eats mostly healthy and is into different sports to help with his hyperactiveness.