my 11 yr old son has mild bi-polar and adhd,

Sherri - posted on 02/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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we are scared to put him on medication due to side effects and dependancy. Am i hurting him by not giving him meds? confused???He does see a counselor weekly who works with him on ways to control himself without medication. But he is always concerned with others actions, which is why he is constantly getting in trouble in school and at home.

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Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2014

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He will always have problems getting into trouble in everything and also have problems with relationships. I have clinical depression, severe anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), personality disorder, Bi-polar, learning disability among a few.

My 9 year old has ADHD and Bi-polar so far. I say so far, because mental health disorders do get worse as time goes on with or without medication. These issues do have a tendency to run in families. Medication can help to a certain degree, once you find the right ones. It does take awhile, sometimes, to find the right ones. Medication does not hold back all the episodes the child or adult will have, it just curtails them a little bit so they are not as bad as they could be.

I keep a notebook going between me and my son's teacher to keep track of his behavior in school and work with the school in regards to it as well. It does seem to help. At the end of the day his teacher would have him write in the notebook to what behavior he had that day and she would add something he did not right or correct it. The teacher also signed at the bottom if there were no corrections.

The only person that can determine if you are hurting your child is yourself. Do you think your child's behavior is getting bad enough to where he needs the medication to control some of it??

Kate CP - posted on 02/01/2012

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Personally, I've suffered with bipolar disorder since I was a teenager and I am VERY apprehensive about putting children on medication for it. Medicating mental disease is for adult brains that have finished developing...and your son's hasn't. If your therapist is okay with giving him tools and coping mechanisms, maybe using herbal remedies in conjunction with therapy, and NOT medicating him...then I would stick with it.

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