Attentive Child meds!!?

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 16 yr old SS moved in full time with us 2 months ago. His mother didn't want him to but just let him him anyway and said she wanted to go to counseling with him to better their relationship. She ended up taking him to a clinical psychologist who specialize in teens and he has gone twice and today he was sent home with Attentive Child meds. He has never been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. He is doing fine in school, yes he is a typical teen who sometimes can do better in school, but his grades are average and he is a GOOD KID!!! I don't know if we should allow him to take these after only being seen twice and him not even having problems! Please help!!

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Jessica - posted on 12/10/2013

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We didn't have it court ordered yet, we do already have a lawyer that's paid incase we need to but right now we feel it's not necessary. His mom and I have always gotten along and she does all communicating with me not dad, she will but she would rather speak to me. She wants to find. Problem in our son badly because she doesn't want to have to face her own, my husbands going to tell her that he's only allowed to go to a family counselor since that's what we all agrees upon whn he moves in. She wants to better their relationship so a family counselor will be more appropriate. If she throws up a fight I'll be calling our lawyer first thing and be in court on tmrw!!!

LalaBoom - posted on 12/10/2013

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Since your SS moved in FT with you and your husband, I suppose you did the paperwork to finalize the legality of this... BUT, if you did not, there's nothing YOU can do as you are a legal stranger. Having said that, your husband can still take SS to another doctor and get a second opinion.

Now that he lives with you FT the day-to-day decisions are no longer her responsibility, but your husband's. Talk to your husband. If he doesn't want to wake lying dogs, then let it rest. At the end of the day only they can make decisions regarding your SS.

Now speaking solely as a stepmom: I agree with Charlene, GET A SECOND opinion. How any responsible psychiatrist can make a diagnosis and hand out a prescription after only two sessions is beyond me, and may warrant closer look by the APA licensing committee.

Good luck hun!

Charlene - posted on 12/09/2013

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Well, she has rights to do that because it's her Son, but not without informing his Father.

Just get a second opinion. Just hearing it makes me feel uneasy. 2 meetings doesn't determine whether or not a child needs meds. I wanted to become a councellor because of my horrific past, I wanted to help others in need, but I don't believe that should allow room for assuming a child has something they don't after a couple visits.

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2013

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I agree too however she is tech a doctor and can give outs meds. It's an over the counter organic medication and he orally took it before he left the appt and his mom didn't even discuss it with us!!

Charlene - posted on 12/09/2013

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Get a second opinion.
If my Son was sent home with ANY medication for behaviour issues, I would be making sure I got a second, third and fourth opinion.

If your SS is a good kid, than I highly doubt he needs any medication. I don't believe in psychologists, most especially don't believe it's even in their rights to give a child medication, that's a DOCTORS job.

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