Anthony is 5 years old.  I have always described him as “intense.”  He is constantly going, easily distracted, and can’t find his shoes in front of his face.  We joke that he is “directionally impaired.” He doesn’t follow directions, is very emotional and gets his feelings hurt easily.

Anthony is brilliantly bright. He has amazing conversation skills and gets along really well with adults…kids his own age, not so much.

He can watch a movie front to back with no problems (as long as it’s interesting, of course).

He is messy and disorganized…but so is his mom *wink*.

I was watching this segment on the Today Show this morning:

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The mom in the segment was describing her son and all I could think was, “Holy Shit! That’s Anthony!”

Now, Bob and I have talked about the possibility of ADHD with him before.  And we always say “I don’t want him drugged up.”  We both think that parents today are to quick to diagnose and drug their children because it’s “easier” then dealing with a rambunctious kid.

But, what if he really does have a problem?  What if we could diagnose and treat him and everyone could be happier and calmer and momma could stop cussing so much?

I’ve also read about the red dye sensitivity in children and have thought about trying to eliminate that.  I haven’t seriously looked into it though because it breaks my heart to think I might have to eliminate things from his diet that he loves.

I’m just not sure what to do.  So if you have a child diagnosed with ADHD, how did you know?  How did you decide to get them checked?  How do you treat it?  I want nothing more than for him to grow up happy, well adjusted and healthy.  I don’t want to be one of those “sell out” parents that take the easy road with drugs either.  If he really is just a crazy BOY, then that’s fine.

How do I know?