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December 17, 1999
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My friends stepson is having a problem with urinating in his room. He is 7 yrs old and for the longest time we have thought that it was the cats until recently his sister caught him doing it. When asked why he was doing it he denied it. He is currently on Ritalin and this has helped him but this is something of a shock to his mother. She called me yesterday crying and her husband doesn't want anyone to know he just wants to deal with it himself. I suggested maybe asking the school counselor confidentially without telling her husband to see if he has ever heard of this before. Please give me suggestions about this. Thanks, Jo

December 17, 1999
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Well, my daughter is on Ritalin, has been for years. I don't know if this is the same thing, but she had a bedwetting and panties wetting problem. She also did not sleep well at night. Her doctor put her on a small dose of Amitriptyline which helped clear everything up. It might just be the poor child can't help himself. My daughter would often do it and not even know she was wetting herself until it was too late.
So, the mother should bring this up to the child's doctor...it might be the same thing. Children with ADD often have other things going on as well. It's best for the doctor to know all the behaviors, at home and at school. Good luck.

December 27, 1999
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I had a similar experience with my now 22 year old son. He was six years old at the time. I had just had a daughter, my second child. Until then, it was just me and my son. I was cleaning his room, when I discovered that he had urinated in his toy box. He was doing some very cryptic scribbling on his wall. After talking with him and spending time alone with him, this behavior stopped. I assumed it was because of the new baby that he was feeling left out.

Since this was quite a while ago, ADD was not very common, and it was referred to as hyperactivity. My son has always been overly active, had trouble concentrating, was in trouble a lot in school, and had a lot of academic problems. I wish someone had stepped in and told me that he should be tested for ADD. Maybe now, he would be a contributing adult, instead of a person who lives off the rest of the family.

You should definitely get counseling for your son. If his problems are pin pointed now, it can head off a lot of problems he might have in the future.

Good luck, and God bless. Toby

January 3, 2000
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jo,

Toby gave some good feedback.

It is very important to find out asap what is going on. Counselors can be beneficial in situations like this.

The urinating could be due to many things, from the smallest of reasons, to much larger ones.

Please keep us updated.

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January 16, 2000
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Well I told my friend all that was mentioned here. She tells me the problem is over and everything is ok now. I have a hard time believing this but have never said anything to her because I know how terrible this whole thing has been for her and how her husband feels about the whole thing. For me I can't stop thinking about this poor boy and what is really going on in his head and if he will ever get the care he obviously needs. So as a bystander all I can do is wait and say nothing but I appreciate your input I hope that maybe someday soon this child and his family can overcome their problem instead of covering it up. Thanks for the input.

JO

January 16, 2000
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First of all get him off of the Ritalin. It is doing more damage than whatever behaviors are annoying to others.

The urinating is a protest against authoritian figures who seek to control him. The urination simply is a statement that you cannot control everything about me.

There are too many side effects on younsters to use it. The ADD diagnosis is simply too easy and an out for adult not have to deal with the behavior.

January 16, 2000
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Jimmy,

maybe you are right in some cases. However, for children who truly have ADHD, their wetting problems can not be controlled without medication. This is true as well of their behavior. My daughter is a loving, sweet child...without her medication she is lost in a world of which she has no control. She has been tested by every medical professional on the east coast...and they all say she needs the mediacation to function. Her brain does not react normally. To take her off the Ritalin would be abusive. Without it, her impulsivity makes her run into the street, drink entire bottles of cough syrup, and eat entire jars of sugar. She can be calm one minute and out of control the next. This has nothing to do with her behavior. She would often look at me(pre Ritalin) with the face of fear, not understanding why she felt this way. Now, she is stable. She is not drugged, nor is she a zombie. On medication, she has a chance to learn and lead a somewhat normal life. This is important for her...someday I will be dead and she will have to fend for herself. I prefer to think of her living in society, managing her life, then in an institution somewhere having to be restrained so as not to do harm to herself and others.

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