I REALLY NEED HELP!!

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 years old and has been diagnosed with ADHD since the age of 4. After months and months upon months of trying different types and dosages of various medications-by the age of 5 we had found a balance. However, at that time, he started exhibiting signs of anxiety. He would cover his ears and scream at recess, PE or when the classroom was too loud. By the middle of 1st grade, he was asked to leave. The local School District found a placement for him at a school that was close to 2 hours away (one-way) for "emotionally disturbed" children. Needless to say, he did not fit int. I brought him home after one day and enrolled him in K12- an online school for grades K-12. THIS YEAR, I procured him a $25,500 scholarship to a private school that specializes in working with Special Needs children. He is exhibiting some new symptoms as well. Crying, saying "I hate myself", "I wish I were dead!" outbursts of anger and frustration. He has NEVER tried to hurt anyone and he has also never spoken this way since about 4-5 weeks ago...so he's now on an anti-depressant and I am waiting (you need to be on a weight list EVERYWHERE in San Francisco) to start Family and Individual Counseling..and really for some answers!! Has anyone else experienced ADHD with another coexisting disorder?
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PS I have ADHD as well as coexisting disorders. It is actually very common--about half of the people with ADHD experience at least one other mental disorder.

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It is possible that they stopped looking for the proper medication and dosing for him too soon. It is very uncommon to find a medication balance in less than a year. You may experience several weeks to a few months on a medication and dose that seems great only to begin experiencing symptoms again once the body chemistry adjusts.

Furthermore, I find it very questionable that they began medication therapy before cognitive and behavioral therapy. It should have been the other way around because we now know that a vast variety of issues and conditions can cause symptoms of ADHD, and we need to treat the CAUSE not the SYMPTOMS. A child who has symptoms of ADHD because of a chemical anomaly in the brain is not going to respond to the same treatment as a child who has a physical anomaly, and in many cases, chemical anomalies can be caused by certain environmental factors, and rather than medicating the brain with some generic stimulant, the doctor needs to identify the environmental factors and develop a therapy that takes them into account.

For example, gluten has been tied to some cases of ADHD--some children showed vast improvements in their symptoms when gluten was removed from the diet, not because gluten causes ADHD (other children with ADHD showed no improvement) or because the children who improved didn't actually have ADHD (they did, we just don't know what exactly causes it yet, and it is sort of a blanket name for a set of symptoms that can be caused by many different conditions), but because the way those children processed gluten caused a chemical release within their bodies that changed the way their brain perceived information.

We also know that video game play and other types of screen activity can worsen symptoms in some children with ADHD, and not in others. You need cognitive therapy FIRST to identify what is causing and/or worsening the symptoms so that you can develop the proper treatment plan.

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