ADHD is increasingly known to the population and less taboo in schools. For some teens, like Olivier, prescribed medication for ADHD seems an easy solution to increase their academic performance. Others, like Jean-Nicolas, give anything to stop taking this medication. Two families and an expert talk about their experience.
The transition from primary to secondary school was not easy for Olivier (fictitious name). “Looks at the primary, I saw the course as games, because that’s how we had the teachers. But in high school, I could see that school, it was not a game. ”
The academic results of the first stage of secondary confirm that the transition is painful. French, 55%. History, 50%. Geography, 40%. Olivier is faced with failure, he who had always been the primary notes that revolved around the average for its class.
After seeing its first newsletter, Olivier made a request to his parents. “He asked me if he could take the pills he too, like his friends, to have better grades,” says his mother, Catherine.
“I thought that with Concerta or Ritalin, it would increase my concentration and I would have better results,” says Olivier.
“Even in elementary school, I had thought. But I did not dare tell my parents, “he adds in the same breath.
Three friends Olivier take medication to increase their concentration and Olivier is able to tell if they took their pill in the morning or not. “When they forget to take it, I see the difference. They talk much in class and work less well. During exams, for example, it is certain that they take, “says laughing teenager.
There are no taboo medication in the Olivier group of friends. “Maybe the Bolles hiding them they take pills, but we we say,” he notes.
Although premium on board, parents of Olivier are rather against the medication, Catherine took an appointment with the pediatrician Olivier for medical advice. “We decided to explain the situation. He followed Olivier for many years and knew him well. We wanted to know if he thought he had ADHD and if he says he needed to be medicated. ”
“He told Olivier that he should listen in class even when the subject bored him.”
The problem is that Olivier hand often “in the moon.” Especially during the course where the material is not interested.
The pediatrician had to fill out forms Olivier, his parents and his professor. “After analyzing the responses, Dr. Soucy came to the conclusion that Oliver did not need medication. The problem was a problem of interest. He told Olivier that he should listen in class even when the subject bored him. He could discover things he did not feel like it, but finally they were interesting or useful, “says Catherine, who is aware that medication is sometimes the best solution for some people.
The conclusion relieves parents. And disappoint Olivier. “In my head, I would take the pill and my notes automatically go up,” says Olivier.
“What the doctor told him, basically, is that he must work harder. It would not be as easy as taking a pill in the morning. That’s why he was disappointed, “makes his mother.
Today, Olivier is secondary 4. He never failed ultimately matter. It provides objective according to the material, taking into account their interests and abilities. For example, the goal in history and geography is 60%. In mathematics and English, he has very good results. In French, he works hard. Last year, he had the help of a tutor on a one hour per week to improve his grammar.
Even today, Olivier regret not being able to take pills. “I have not sunk, my notes are correct, but I might have done better with the pills. By cons, if I had been, I might have learned everything by heart and least developed my logic, “says the teenager of 15 years.
“He learns to manage when all is not just to his liking. He manages his anger, his efforts, his work ethic, “says his mother.