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7 yr old with mental disorder
peterman5411 posted:
My son is now 7 and has been on 3 meds since he was 5. He is on Respirdal,Atterall,Trazadone. The Respirdal seems to be making him more viloent and irratic. His doctor seems to think there is nothing wrong, but I need help with his condition, they are telling me he is ADHD,BI-POLAR. I think it is something different. Is there any other parents that are going thur this?
momuv4girls responded:

Yes, there are plenty of us parents out here who deal with exactly what you describe.
Its hard, no doubt about it - - very hard!

Ok, so first things first........Does your son see a Child Psychiatrist? Was a psychiatrist the first one to diagnose and treat him?

My daughter, who is now 13, was diagnosed at age 6 with mood disorder and adhd symptoms.
From all my years of learning (thru her Psychiatrist, and The Balanced Mind Foundation), and medication trials, I do know that a child with "mood issues" can often times (more likely than not), do worse off on adhd meds and antidepressants....
Your son is on both - and that makes me think it could possibly be those meds making him worse - not the risperdal.

A typical protocol for this type of child, is to 1st stabilize their mood, using a mood stabilizer medication and an add atypical antipsychotic medication, like risperdal, or seroquel etc...
2nd - once mood is stable, very cautiously, and slowly add on an adhd med., or antidepressant.

Have you read The Bipolar Child yet?? If not, I highly recommend it. I have read it twice and its an easy, fast, read.

I am happy to help with local resources, ideas and my experiences if you'd like. I understand how hard it is to parent a child like this, and you need support for yourself !!

Take care,
peterman5411 replied to momuv4girls's response:
He was diagnosed with adhd and bipolar and insomnia all at the same time. Thank-you for replying to my post.
momuv4girls replied to peterman5411's response:
You're welcome : )

How is your son doing?? Have you found a medication that works?


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