Leslie - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
Blessings to you!
My name is Leslie and I'm a SAHM to my 3 kids, my oldest just turning 6. Starting at age 3, he was having awful meltdowns to a point where I really did NOT want to go out of the house in fear of others seeing him that way. We joined a playgroup and sure enough, at EVERY meeting, he'd get upset and throw these HUGE tantrums to a point of getting violent towards myself and others. Just after he turned 4, I had him evaluated and he was dx with ADHD with progressing Bipolar. At that time I refused the meds since that's all they seemed to want to help me with. I wanted to research further to see if there was anything else that could help him before resorting to medication. A year later, we went back and started meds since nothing was changing while trying behavior modifications and such. He was put on Focalin and Risperdal. It helped reduce his number of violent outbursts after about the first month, however after about 3 months he suddenly seemed to snap and started becoming violent numerous times a day including biting me, which he had never done before. We immediately stopped the meds and have yet to find another dr to help us. I feel in a corner at the moment trying to find the right dr while also trying to keep my son under control. I am homeschooling him and everyday we have breakdowns and I have to stop and just let him cool off before we begin again. It's such a trying experience and I occassionaly grieve the loss of a 'normal' child, however I love my son dearly and pray that we can find a solution soon to help him.