All teenagers tend to exhibit some resistant behavior (we’ve all been there), but when it comes to refusing to take medication, it can be particularly tough for you as a parent. One way to handle this issue is to agree to a trial period without the drugs. If the trial goes well (keeping up with schoolwork, few disobedient episodes, no disruptive behavior in school), then maybe it really is time to stop the medication. If it doesn’t work out, then your teen now knows what happens and hopefully will be more willing to take his medication. If you are really concerned, talk to his doctor. Sometimes getting advice and instructions from someone other than your dear old Mom or Dad is more effective.
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