Schizo-affective disorder

Jamie - posted on 09/06/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I just found out Thursday that my 10 year has this disorder. We have been threw 4 counselors in the 3 years. We now go to Solutions Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. In Medina. They are absolutely great with my son. They have seen him at his worst and at his greatest. I knew that it was going to something of the bipolar family. My mother has bipolar and I believe it is in the family other than my mother. If anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with this I appreciate it. The counseor told us that we are doing great as in parenting. He also sees a pshychiatrist and he is on 2 medications. He has a hard time sleeping but other than that he has been doing good for about amonth now. I tell the school what is going on that way they can helo hime further if he needs it. they can help him be guiding at school. thanks you

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Debz - posted on 09/10/2010

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I am so sorry to hear what your child is going through the only advice I can even attempt to give is never stop loving him but make sure you have a good support net work around you as it is a long road. i have a daughter with Bi Polar which was not diagnosed until she was 33 and a lot od damage was done as a result. at least your child has been diagnosed early but do not take the diagnosis for granted keep your communication channels open

Dawn - posted on 09/09/2010

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My daughter who is now 18 was diagnosed at 13 with bi-polar with schizo-effective disodrder, was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 and a mild case of Asperger's. My daughter has only been hospilized three times since being diagnosed at 13, all three times as they could not get her medication stabilized, she was cutting, moody and unresponsive to us. I kind of knew like you that she was bipolar before the diagnosis due to her behavior. I will tell you once her medication was regulated she has been stable for 4 years. She was valedictorian of her class in from MHSA and is currently attending UWGB, is well known for her percussion playing in the milwaukee area and has been very successful throughout her high school years. I wish you the best of luck, try to find the best psychiatrist you can that is very knowledgable and open, with both you and your child. Our daughter did attend therapy at a younger age due to what we thought was lack of attention due to having a younger sib with full blown autism, but was more than likely due to problems with bipolar/schizo effective disorder. I wish you the best of luch and never give up.

Anne - posted on 09/09/2010

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Do you have a support group near you for family memebers of people with mental illness? You can check nami.org for a local support group. They specialize in supporting families of people with mental health diagnoses. Good for you for being on top of things. My son was diagnosed with ODD and my daughter has generalized anxiety disorder. There is a genetic component to mental illnesses. NAMI also has free information and free classes usually that help you become more knowledgeable about your child's diagnosis. You might want to check out Wright's Law website as it relates to school issues for kids with special needs. I found it to be extremely helpful.

Denise - posted on 09/08/2010

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you need to get the state board of education involved as well, as in getting a Behavior Support Plan in place, so that in the event anything happens at school they can be aware of what is going on and help him with it and keep the behavior therapy going, it works. My daughter has something like that too and we also have her on all natural supplements after seeing an ortho molecular nutritionist.as all the meds we tried on her never worked or made her worse..you can email me if you'd like, tazgeers@tazgeers.com
Denise

Meagan - posted on 09/06/2010

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Don't be afraid to hospitalize him if needed. I worked with kids who had that type of diagnosis and the longer you wait to treat when it is out of control the harder it is to contain. Good Luck. Bless You!

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