ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder Medication

Susan - posted on 10/31/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 year old son with ADHD and generalized anxiety disorder. He also has a terrible temper and anger issues. The psychiatrist says in some ways he presents as PTSD too, but there is no trauma we can point to. He goes into rages every few days over things as simple as having to do homework or not getting what he wants. Stimulants were horrible for him (made him very emotional). Guanfacine didn't do much. Zoloft helped with anxiety/OCD type behavior, but did not help with rages or temper. So now we started Prozac yesterday as sometimes one SSRI works better than another (we did the genesight test and are awaiting results). On the Prozac, my son was flying high last night. We couldn't get him to bed - it was awful. That was day 1 on Prozac (at 10 mg). I was curious if anyone has experienced this side effect and if so, did it get better after a few days? He didn't have this with the Zoloft. And also if anyone has successfully treated this combo of symptoms, and if so, how? He is also in weekly CBT.

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Joanna - posted on 04/29/2016

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Rage is a big issue for our son (ADHD, OCD, TOURETTES, DYSLEXIA ) and it is due to his tourettes. Medications didn't really address this issue and more often behavior therapy or biofeedback creates awareness for the child. It's very hard at times. Wishing you the best.

Scarlett - posted on 11/25/2015

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Susan, Im so sorry your son is having a rough go. It certainly doesn't make it easy for us moms. :(
Im sure IF youve reached the medication stage youve really had a hard time. Its a tough decision to make, but perhaps this is what he needs to be "comfortable" to learn better coping skills at CBT. i do hope something works for him.
Anxiety is really difficult. Im hoping he does better on the Prozac. Both Zoloft& prozac are SSRIs. 30percent of kids find These antidepressants activating (increasing anger, increasing anxiety.) If you see that his aggression is higher on the SSRIs, Id talk with your Dr. Perhaps this class of meds is not right for him. Is sleep an issue for him normally? I know many ADHD kids have difficulty winding down. Do you feel its worse on the SSRIs? I do think sleep issues are a side effect. When does he take the medication? Could earlier in the day help with sleep? What about "all natural" melatonin (from health store) at night to help promote sleep?

Lynn Lynch has some great books (for him & u) about anxiety. Superhelpful reads!

Wishing you the best!

Meg - posted on 11/23/2015

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Susan, from my experience I would suggest trying all approaches possible before opting to go the medicated route. I understand you want to help your son and are probably feeling pretty helpless in the face of his behavior issues. My husband was medicated young( ADHD, OCD), and unfortunately went through so many in the 'trial and error' process of correcting a chemical imbalance and it never worked. He suffered side effects, but never got positive results. The same can be said of my siblings and myself. (ADHD, anxiety). CBT is certainly beneficial. Are there any triggers to his rages you can identify? Does he process other emotions to the extreme he does his anger? If you can get him interested in yoga or breathing exercises, that can be very helpful. Good sources of Omega 3's have been shown to be incredibly effective for ADHD. you can also research EFT (emotional feeling technique...based on some principles as accupressure) that has been demonstrated in studies to be very effective for treatment of PTSD. Routine and clear consequences help too..my little guy is 5 but ADHD is pretty apparent. His behavior is really off if we don't keep following a predictable routine and if I am not firm enough, balanced with being sensitive enough for him.
Hope some, or any of that may be of help to you. Best of luck with your little man! Show him you've got faith in him and know how wonderful he truly is :)

Laura - posted on 11/03/2015

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Susan it sounds like your son may have Autism not ADHD. My daughter is 9 and was diagnosed with Autism a few years ago. She has all the symptoms your son has. The only difference is she isn't medicated.

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