I left you in the previous post with our first visit to the child psychiatrist.
Now, if you remember, the child psychologist had said B had ADHD. In fact, we were told that B’s ADHD was so severe, there was no way to tell if he had an underlying diagnosis.
Our first visit with the child psychiatrist included a full assessment with B and I.
I have gotten pretty used to having to shell out all the family information, along with all my personal mental health issues.
The psychiatrist diagnosed B with anxiety (something I have known since he was much younger.)
She indicated that he may have ADHD but that it was not the main concern. She stated that his anxiety was so severe that we should focus his treatment on his anxiety.
And we did.
We left our first appointment with the psychiatrist with a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication.
I am not going to get into the reasoning behind my choosing to medicate my 6 year old. I have heard the judgement, I have heard the praise. I know what I did for my son was the right thing and I will share more about my decisions in another posts. Until then, know that you need to make a decision based on what is right for you, your family and your child.
We got B to take his [low dose] anti-anxiety medication and then met with the psychiatrist again 3 weeks later.
The difference in B’s behavior really was night and day.
He no longer had aggressive behaviors. He no longer screamed and cried. He didn’t yell at us about how we hated him.
In fact, he became cuddly and lovable. I had my baby boy back.
Unfortunately, while his home behavior had improved immensely, his school behavior was getting worse.
We talked to the psychiatrist about it and she gave us the option of medication for the ADHD. Something I wasn’t 100% ready to give in to at that time.
It was but a couple weeks later that we were calling her and asking her for a prescription.
B had gotten kicked off the bus for 3 days due to behavior and his teacher kept saying that his behavior was out of control – that she could see him trying to control it, but that he just couldn’t.
His comments about his friends not liking him because he was annoying because he made noises broke my heart.
B has been on his ADHD medication now for almost 2 weeks and we received the following home:
Right now we are taking it day by day and seeing what happens.
He is still taking his anti anxiety medication and his ADHD medication. It is a step in the right direction for the time being, while we monitor him and his behavior, as well as seek therapy for him.
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