Going to a psychiatrist for the first time

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by GinAndTonic, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. GinAndTonic

    GinAndTonic New Member

    I'm taking my five-year-old son to a psychiatrist tomorrow. My son has severe ADHD (combined) and ODD, and the psychologist he saw thinks he really needs medication. I think she's probably right. Any suggestions for what questions I should have for the shrink?
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    Hello and welcome!

    If you're talking about medications you'll need to know about side effects, what adverse reactions have been noted in clinical trials, what to do to prevent or offset side effects and how to proceed in the event of an adverse reaction. You need to understand dosing, what to do if he misses a dose, etc. Also, how to contact him/her after hours. in my opinion, you also want to discuss what types of therapy/behavior modification will be most effective for your son because there are studies that show that medications & therapy tend to give a better outcome than medications alone.

    Good luck and update us on how the appointment goes!
  3. GinAndTonic

    GinAndTonic New Member

    Thanks! Yup, we're talking about medications. I wrote your suggestions down and will bring them along.
  4. Lulu

    Lulu New Member

    Just wanted to wish you good luck. I hope you can find some answers and some relief. Keep us posted!