|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Irritability and Adderall

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: Both of my kids are taking Adderall -- to help my 16-year-old son with attention and my seven-year-old daughter with hyperactivity, even if she is great in school. They seem extremely irritable in the evenings. Is this because of the medication? Since they are from different marriages, could they have inherited this problem from me? Do they outgrow it at some point?

A: Irritability can indeed be a side effect of Adderall. You should talk to your doctor about the behaviors you are seeing. He may suggest a change in dosage or a different medication altogether.

The evidence is not in yet about what causes ADHD. We do know, however, that not all children with ADHD inherit it from their parents. You might want to have a look at Mary Fowler's wonderful article about ADHD and its causes at FamilyEducation.com.

Do kids grow out of ADHD? We used to think so. Now, however, we know that anywhere from 60-80% of kids still exhibit symptoms after puberty. Sometimes, the symptoms may change, as kids get older. For example, someone who was hyperactive as a kid may lose that overt behavior, but still show signs of impulsiveness and inattention as a teenager or an adult.

For more information, you might also want to go to the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) website at http://www.chadd.org. You can also find out about local support groups for parents who have children with ADHD at that site.

More on: Expert Advice

For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
The AAP advises reading aloud to babies and toddlers because it boosts brain power and has many other benefits. Get some tips for making the most of story time with your tot!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

How to Survive Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters and tips for surviving until September.

12 Birthday Party Favors that Won't Get Thrown Away
The next time you're planning a birthday, forgo the penny candy and cheap toys. Send your guests home with one of these fun and creative party favor ideas!