Ok not really a First First Appointment but first with a psychiatrist. Been seeing a counselor for our son who is 5 and has been diagnosed with ODD and ADD. The counselor recommended this psychiatrist so that we could look into getting my DS on medication before we try behavior mod. He has a lot of tics. Snorting, throat clearing, lip chewing, finger sucking, pacing, he just cannot stay still no matter what. We go to this appointment and despite the fact that my child is demonstrating all of these behaviors we get put on hold so that they can run labwork and an EKG which he will be sedated for. WHY??? We've already had him tested for lead poisoning which he does not have. The psychiatric claims that there could be a rare physical reason for it which they would evaluate on the EKG. But that might not even happen for awhile. Meanwhile my child is suffering at home, at school, and in his extra curriculars. This is ridiculous. We are calling his pediatrician to see if she can intervene. Hopefully will get a call tomorrow. So frustrated at the process being so slow. I'm sure others would judge me for jumping to medication but I've worked in the schools and in hospitals, I see how some people benefit from a combo of medications/and then behavior mod. I'm tired of seeing my child struggle just to exist. He seems to want to jump out of his skin and his ODD behavior is like a knee jerk response to everything in his environment because of it. Just needed to vent.