You are not alone, and you have found an amazing site. My son was dx at 8 1/2. And while his condition is managed well, and he is balanced on the medication, it did take a long time to get there. The first 11 months was about going step by step methodically with one medication at a time until we addressed all his issues and got everything balanced out. Today he is 14, and while we are in the throws of teenage hood which posses its own challenges, he is a great kid. But, I won't lie. Life for him, how he sees the world, how he experiences the world is harder on him then others because he feels things at such a deep level all the time. It also does cause him to act different than the average kid who would gloss over some issues that wouldn't be a big deal to them. As a result, other kids notice him and can be very cruel with a lot of bullying. It is very hard on my son. BUT, he hangs in there. We also noticed a dietary issue of certain foods/drinks that my would mess with our sons medications. Caffeine is a HUGE no no for him....which is found in sodas and chocolate, so he has learned not to have them. Again....not easy for him, but he does it (most of the time).
Anyway, welcome aboard and good luck. You are not alone. LFW