Jjkarami - posted on 08/16/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )
My son 5 yr old son was diagnosed with childhood bi-polar and she put him on Risperdone .25 mg. per day and she wants to see how he reacts to it and increase it possibly... I am scared to put my kids on prescription meds because I've been on serious meds since I was a teen and I know the side effects and the harm they cause and especially anti-psycotics... 3 yrs ago now when my son was 2 1/2 and my daughter was 9 1/2 my husband (their daddy) shot himself in the head because he had severe bi-polar and schitsophrinic disorder.... He was a guinea pig for all kinds of medicines and they didn't seem to help him and he was worsening by the day and he was turning out very violent and abusive and he wouldnt even remember his rages because he was usually in almost in a trance like state when they would come on and near the end he started hearing voices and was in so much emotional and mental pain and couldnt sleep or stop his racing thoughts... He loved us soo much and he cried after his outbursts because he couldnt control them and he was so afraid he was going to hurt us.... The voices where telling him to hurt us and himself... He was soooo stressed out and tormented in his mind and he tried so hard to control himself... We were trying everything but he only got worse and so he finally gave into his voices and to keep from hurting us or putting us through all the stress he killed himself... Both his mom and dad abused him terribly as a child and they were both bi-polar and sicotic... Any ways ever since then my son and daughter have both been effected so much from this tragedy and even as young as my son was he started showing signs of extreme aggression, raging fits and trying to hurt himself and me and his sister.. After about a yr of taking them to counseling and all kinds of doctors and good eating habits and constantly reassuring him and making them feel secure and safe his fits and anger dramatically calmed down but all the docs didn't want to diagnose him with anything but PTSD and extreme anxiety.. They did test him for autism and everything else but they said he was too young to diagnose him with bi-polar, but they said it was hereditary... Any ways he still has a lot of symptoms of ocd, anger, mood swings, impulsive anger onsets of depression and many other signs his dad had I knew he needed some kind of help more then I was getting... So now I get this heart breaking news and exactly what I had feared all along.. bi=polar and she put him on this low dosage of this medicine to help him control some of this... I am just praying it won't make him worse or harm him or have bad side effects... But I need to start helping him as much as I can while he is young before it gets out of hand... My daughter is a whole different story.. Anyways if there are any moms out there that can help me understand this medicine any better and if it is safe and helpful I would love some input... I am a widowed single mom with no family close to where I live and it has been a real struggle... But I have some good church friends and God that has helped us through all of this... On top of all this I got real sick about over a year ago and was put on chemo for about 7 months and the doc had to take me off because it was killing me and I was hospitalized for 8 weeks and had quite a few surgeries and now i have lupus and for yrs have had epilepsy,(serious gramal seizures) and lots of other health issues that have kept me from being able to work.... but thanks to God I am in great health now and have been doing better for the past 8 months... So now i'm more able to consentrate on my children now...