PTSD and a 10 y/o child with ADHD

Shannon - posted on 04/05/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Any recommendations on things to do? He was recently diagnosed with PTSD and depression, secondary to the ADHD. Should I apply for dissability? He is in Martial Arts but I'd like to get him in something else, do I have him do his activities even when he doesn't really feel like it? Any mommas experienced in PTSD in children? He lost his dad to suicide last year, hence the issues. What else can I do for my baby?

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Nikki - posted on 04/07/2011

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My son has PTSD on top of ADHD, severe Bi-polar disorder and ODD. He was abused and neglected by birth family. We were his and his siters 5th foster home and of course adopted them. It really never goes away. Therapy is of course, needed. They can help him with the greiving process, and talk to help him learn how to cope, But no pill will ever remove those feelings. My son went through really dark times.He was 6 when he was 1st placed with us(all mental disorders undiagnoised), and he eventually got to9 he point where he needed residential treatment. Now he is student of the month, made it into Magnet school..and everytime I walk into his school, I hear" You have the best son". I wish we had 1500 more students like him. Age was a partion too. Once he turned 12, things really turned around for him. He is on Adderal, Lithium, and risperal. You would never know. His sister is 10 and having the same issues.

Jamie - posted on 04/05/2011

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i wouldn't apply for disability because that could mess up his credit and future possiblity to get a job. i would just let him be a kid do fun stuff with him when you can and he will grow out of it my son has ADHD, he takes medication for it i would take him to a good doctor but applying for disability can also put that label on him and that wouldn't be good for his self esteem, it would even make it worst if it got out to his friends or something and if they start making fun of him it will really make things harder then they already are on him. but that's just what think. but being supportive and showing him you love him by spending time with him and letting him know life goes on because it does and if he sees you living your life with him he will see that its ok to be happy also.

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