My 7 year old is newly diagnosed (not quite a year). I’m still trying to figure it all out. My husband is in denial. My other family members keep sending things that say giving my son meds is like giving him cocaine because he is being controlled by drugs. I want to help my child. I want to be a good parent. How do I know if I’m helping or harming? My culture (african-american) doesn’t really believe in ADHD or medicating kids. However, I have worked with kids with special needs for many years and I noticed it almost immediately in my son. I also think he may be on the higher end of the spectrum for Autism (although the doctor’s say no). The materials I have read said that sometimes there are combinations and sometimes the symtoms mimick one another. I feel lost. I just need help with my boy. He’s a sweet boy and very loving. He’s smart but gets frustrated easily. He also has a hard time controlling his temper and tends to whine like a two year old. He has lots of food allergies and seasonal allergies so I’m worried about the medicine although his doctor and I keep a good watch on him. I guess I just needed to be able to say out loud my fears and doubts to those who understand. Thank you all for listening and I pray for all of you and your babies.