my son has ocd/anxiety/adhd help!

Adrienne - posted on 08/06/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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hi my son is diagnosed adhd/anxiety/ocd. He is currently taking zoloft for the anxiety, for 3 weeks now. the anxiety is getting a little better, but he is so defiant, aggressive, disprespectful, its outta control. He was on concerta for 6 months it helped but he was pulling his hair out, and moody after a while so we took him offf. thinking of putting him back on concerta along with zoloft after i speak to his dr of course. he is in group therapy, sees the counselour alone and a psychiatrist, we do behaviour charts, take away priveleges etc. nothing seems to work. it is a nightmare. has anyone had similiar experiences or any advice they can share. i just dont know what to do anymore, on top of it, i have anxiety and panic attacs so i feel bad after yelling at him. my husband (his dad) works 2 jobs and is in school so he is not really ever home. any advice is welcome thanks just please no judgment, i beat myself up enough.



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Janis - posted on 12/01/2012

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Yea, I have the same issues with my son. We took him off all medsandnow we started seeing a therapist. He is failing school. I don't know what to do

Heather - posted on 08/14/2012

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My advice to u is keep doing what u r doing but he needs to b back on some medication to control the adhd. It will help u both if u talked to his therapist about ur feelings and get him into a therapist who deals with kids only.

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Pauline - posted on 08/13/2013

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I am at my wits end. My son is 10 years old and he starting exhibiting odd behaviors a couple of years ago. He began tightening his pants and shoe laces to the point that he would bruise himself. Then he started becoming oppositional and moody. He doesn't want to be touched, especially by me (his mom), he has become angry, has developed tics and doesn't do well in school. We went for evaluation and docs claim that he has ADHD, OCD,ODD, ASD and tics. And recently he began to walk around the house naked, sleeps naked, has eliminated underwear completely and sleeps on mattress without bedsheets. I don't understand what is going on. One doctor told me to take him to a psychiatrist, another doctor told me to take him to a neurologist, another to a psychologist. I am sooooo confused. What should I do? I want to help my child but do not want him on medication as many adverse and dangerous reactions can occur. Please help.

Denessa - posted on 02/21/2013

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my 7 yr old has been diagnosed with the same as yours. Please know that you are not alone. By all means I do not judge. I am in the process of research on my own. Very quickly learning that you have to be your own advocate.
My son has been to therapy and test also. Looking into Asperger disorder. The symptoms of ocd, anxiety, and adhd have been misdiagnosed in many children.

Andrea - posted on 12/06/2012

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Janis - posted on 12/01/2012

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Your story sounds just like mine. My son is 13, has OCD (major germaphobia), ADHD and anxiety. I also have anxiety. We had him on Vyvanse and it brought out terrible. Tics. We then put him on Zoloft and he was getting very aggressive and depresse. We just started seeing a therapist. He has gone from being an honor student to failing 8th grade. I don't know what to do anymore. I'm thinking of home schooling him. Help!

Meghan - posted on 11/06/2012

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Hi my 9 year old was diagnosed with ADHD at 5. It took about another year to get the anxiety,OCD , and Tourette's diagnosis too.we have been struggling with meds since. He is on 30 daytrana,20 Prozac and 3 of intuniv. He didn't sleep. He hasn't slept in 36 hours. I don't know what to think anymore. I would give anything for just ADHD. The stimulant makes him so anxious. Anyone else have children with the same problems?

Adrienne - posted on 09/18/2012

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thank you carol for your response. Right now my son is off all meds, the zoloft was a nightmare he had a really bad adverse reaction (he was uncontrolloble, violent, angry outbursts) it was really scary. Things are definitly better off of it, but still dealing with issues, anger, anxiety, constantly changing his clothes an obsession with the weather, plus my anxiety and panic attacks that have been triggered by all of this. We have an apt. with his psych today. i just wish someone could give me some answers. im glad to hear your daughter is doing better, it is such hell to watch your child go through all of this and to feel helpless.

Chris - posted on 09/13/2012

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My 15 yr old daughter has ADHD/NVLD - similar to Aspergers, ODD and anxiety. I can totally relate to how you must be feeling and the despair you go through. My daughter was diagnosed as Gifted at 4yrs but we had a roller coaster ride of turmoil and emotion to the age of 8 when we finally got the NVLD diagnosis. Following further therapy, psychiatrists, psychologists, councillors the ADHD and ODD and anxiety were also added to the list. So hard getting the correct diagnosis for some of these kids but I believe you really just have to weather every storm as best you can. Try and avoid any triggers..... if you can work out what any of them are and I know that can be difficult. My daughter had massive aggressive outbursts, screaming, violence (trying to attack her younger sister with a knife more than once), and totally uncontrollable from 2 yrs to 12 yrs, but the longer she has been on medication the better she is. As long as she takes her meds (Ritalin and zoloft) we no longer have the meltdowns and life is certainly not easy with her, but better than it used to be. She has also tried Concerta, Risperadol, Ritalin LA and Strattera but none were as effective as the Ritalin/Zoloftcombo she is on now, Just curious does your son remember his meltdowns later. My daughter, when we talk about them now, has no recollection of them at all so while for our whole family it was always a traumatic, distressing experience, she is oblivious. Life with my daughter now still does not run a smooth easy course, but for most of the time it is bearable. Unfortunately I found for my daughter behaviour charts were not a great success. The first few hours she would be enthusiastic, but trying to keep her on track was challenging and in the end she would resent the charts and that would make her feel worse. For her, where possible natural consequences as soon as a misdemeanour occurred were and still are the most effective. Any anything that didn't involve a long period of time. We have no success with common teenage punishments such as grounding as a few days into the punishment she cannot relate the crime to it and so the more immediate the punishment the better for her. Good luck and remember, you are not alone!

Adrienne - posted on 08/26/2012

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thank you for both of your replies. As of now my son is off all meds. He had a really scary adverse reaction with the zoloft. He had this uncontrollable rage last weekend, it was getting worse and worse for the entire month he was on zoloft and came to a head last weekend. Since being off of it things are getting better. We dont want to put him on anything until we are sure of whats going on with him. We are thinking could be bipolar but not sure, it stinks that these things are so difficult to diagnose, all the while the children and families are suffering. will keep everyone posted on progress.. thank you all again, im grateful there is a site like this, it can be so alienating to have a child with these kind of issues you feel like you just dont want to be around people who dont understand.

Roxanna - posted on 08/18/2012

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have the doctors explore the possiblility of Bipolarity. It is often misdiagnosed and most anti depressants make it worse. We went through 5 years of hell with my oldest before we got the proper diagnoses for Bipolar. She is doing so much better! Ofcourse, it also helped that I was diagnosed with the same and now we are both on meds! Good luck!

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