A little help on what to do with my six year old...

Kelly - posted on 10/27/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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I have a six year old boy whom I adopted from Guatemala. He is my special gift. I also have two biological children, a three year old boy and 5 month old girl. I am going through a rough patch with my six year old. He has been diagnosed with ADHD, SPD, and PDD NOS. Well, he has stopped ADHD meds and is taking abilify, much to my disappointment. When he stopped the ADHD meds and was on just the abilify, he has been eating like a horse. He is actually gaining weight and slowing down (he was always the fastest on his sports teams). More importantly, however, I have recently discovered that the abilify is causing him to wet the bed every night. If I do not give him the abilify, he is dry. I always thought that he still just had nocturnal enuresis, and I have now realized otherwise. I feel so bad that a med that I choose to give to him is causing him this added burden. I want him off the abilify anyway, because it is such a heavy duty med for such a small child. At his last med check, we have decided to throw the PDD diagnosis out the window. There are no socialization issues at school. In fact he is among the most popular first grade students in his school. The biggest problem is that he can be very mean to his brother and will have outbursts and tantrums (almost exclusively at home.) The abilify has helped with his moods at home, but I really want him off of it. He does have serious issues with reading and writing. The psych suggested that maybe he needs to go back on ADHD meds and this may help with his learning. I am not sure whether I want to do this either. Does anybody else have any experience with abilify, bedwetting or anything else that I have mentioned. Just looking for some advice and/or possible related experiences.

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