My son and his meds

Robin - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son has been on so many different meds and they are not working. i have tried the diet and that too was not a success. He has been diagnosed with so many different things. A few - Cerebral Palsy, Aspergers, ODD, ADHD, and some I don't even remember. I feel like I can not win. He will not do his homework lately. Tonight he was screaming at me and told me he wanted to kill me. He said he did not mean it it just came out. He threw his sock at me during dinner and it landed on my plate. I feel like I am loosing all control of him. I am not willing to give up so if anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks so much.

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Christina - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son was hospitalized of ten days. thats how he is on meds that are working now. He was taking six different meds and five of them were not apropreate for his condition. He is fourteen now and age can be a problem for hospitilations because most places will not admit chilrdren under the age of ten without a court order or at least that is the way it is done in arkansas

Christina - posted on 02/14/2010

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I know what you mean. We have been trying to get a clean diagnosis for my oldest sence he was five. we still don't have a clear diagonsis. We have been told its ADHD, Aspergers,or bypolar. He takes about five different meds right now that seem to be working for now. But in the past we have had to fight to get them to take him off of meds for ADHD that were not only not working but made the problems we were having werse. Sence his little brother and one of his cousins have autisum sectrum disorders I think Aspergers is a strong possiblity. I honestly think they don't really know that is wrong so they just try to label them with something so they can treat them. Good luck though. If you figure it out maybe you can let me know how to go about figuring this out.

Robin - posted on 02/14/2010

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Thanks again to all that have replied. I am currently looking into getting him in to see a doctor down at childrens hospital in philly pa just to see what they can suggest and I would like a diagnosis instead of 1000 diagnosis. I will keep you posted.

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I would also try getting in contact with a behavioral therapist. They are very experienced with working with children with special needs adn have given me some great tips for working with my daughter as well.

Clare - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi Robin, my son doesn't have any of the conditions yours does but I know how you may be feeling. About a year or so ago my son was put on some medication for one of his conditions and it turned him so violent. I had to carry him to school kicking and screaming and one day he even tried strangling me. He'd hit, thump and kick me, slam doors ect. I took him if the meds straight away n went to his drs, they put him on some other meds he wasn't as bad but still wasn't right so I took the choice to stop them all together. Ok he suffers with the side effects of his condition but he doesn't suffer with the side effects of the meds and is a lot happier. He hated the meds because he couldn't control the way he was acting and it really upset him. If your son doesn't really need the meds (ie it's not life threatening if he doesn't have them) then maybe talk with his dr about stopping them for a time and see if his behaviour changes. If he does need the meds or different ones the only thing I can say is don't blame yourself and don't blame your son, just give him as many hugs as you can because deep down you both know you love each other all the world. Sorry for going on and I hope this helps x

Iridescent - posted on 01/31/2010

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That is the exact same reason I had suggested the same thing. They can do so much more, so much faster and safer, if he's hospitalized for a little while. Trying medication after medication at home becomes dangerous very fast.

Amy - posted on 01/31/2010

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I fel for you bc my son is going through the same thing. This is why I am suggesting you hospitilize him for the meds them selves.

Robin - posted on 01/31/2010

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Thank you all so much. Sorry my son is 7 1/2 years old. Since I made this post they have put him on yet another med and still no luck. Now he tells me his body is itchy all over. I look at him and I really just want to make everything go away. He is such a good kid with such a kind heart and I want to bring that out and keep it out all the time.

Amy - posted on 01/31/2010

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he needs to be hospitalized ...n his meds need to be regulated. I am going through EXACTLY what you are going throughh with my son.

Melanie - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son who is 7.5 has ADHD -combined type and generalized anxiety disorder, and touretts syndrom , child depresstion , learning difficulties. Let me tell you it is some times very hard to take in . He goes into rages often wanting to hurt himself and my self. Saying things like he wishes he would die and goes on how this could happen . He can be the sweetest kid very lovable also but in a split second it can change. I also have a daughter who is four years old with no medical complications . . My son is medicated and has been on along list of med very hard to find the right med that work for him. We see his doctor every 3 weeks @ the pediatric mental health clinic. My sons school is equiped to help him. He has game a long way. I have lots of medical help on my side and supporting family and freinds helping also. I have learned to take one day at a time and knowing i did nothing wrong . It happens to lots of familys and learning how to deal with it and growing from it.

Holly - posted on 01/29/2010

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First of all I want you to know that my heart goes out to here. I know what it is like to be lost in a world of no control. I also wanted to let you know that this has nothing to do with your parenting skills or anything. This is a long road with many turns. I would not give up...there will be something out there for you and your son. My son is now 6 and has been dianosied with ODD, ADHD, and Aspergers. He had been on Adderall for quite awhile and now they have started him on a new med called Intuniv...it is unlike anything else...it focuses on the emotional outbursts more then the hyper and attention issues....talk to your doctor and keep trying

Iridescent - posted on 01/28/2010

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He is very obviously unhappy. How old is he? Since being at home right this minute is not working with the medications they're prescribing, can you speak to his doctor to see about admitting to a behavioral health unit for a week or so to see if they can get him treated appropriately? This is extreme, but his behavior also sounds extreme. If I had gotten real treatment by people that could see 1) how unhappy I was as a teen and 2) how unable to control how I was acting and 3) have the ability to change it, I would have had it. And I would do it for my children in a heartbeat if a week away meant months or even years of better emotional control. This is assuming he's early to late teens, not like 4 years old.

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