What mood disorder medications have worked for your difficult child?

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by AK0603, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. AK0603

    AK0603 New Member

    My son is going to see his psychiatrist again Thursday, his father is going to call me after the appointment. His dad said the therapist also suggest doing some kind of mood disorder medication. and I have searched online at a few different ones but mainly found them for adults.

    Curious what your children are on or have tried, positive and negatives? He was on Risperdal for a bit, but it didn't help and caused him to wet the bed, and I only found out later it's not even a mood disorder medication, so I don't know why they gave him that anyways.

    All these drugs are so confusing.
     
  2. dreamer

    dreamer New Member

    zoloft could be activating especially if he has a mood disorder.
    Most of the medications used for children for psychiatric diagnosis'es have not been tested in children.......
    normally mood stabilizers are lithium, depakote and tegretol...and also trileptal and lamictal have been used in some kids.
     
  3. AK0603

    AK0603 New Member

    It does seem since the abilify stopped and the zoloft upped he got worse quickly.
     
  4. oceans

    oceans New Member

  5. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Zoloft, and any antidepressant, can reek havoc with anyone with a mood disorder. It does stop the depression, but can kick a kid into a rageful, out-of-control mania that can really cause problems. I have bipolar and tried Lithium and Lamictal. I loved Lamictal--minimal side effects and very helpful. Lithium is the Gold Standard for bipolar. Risperdal is not a mood stabilizer. It's an anti psychotic and is more apt to work the short term than for the long term. The first line mood stabilizers, in my personal order of favorites are:(there are no other first line mood stabilizers): Lamictal, Lithium, Depakote, Trileptal, Tegretal
    The antipsychotics, sometimes used as mood stabilizers (however, very prone to only working for short periods of time are) Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon, Abilify
    Often a child with a mood disorder needs a mood stabilizer and an antipsychotic, so the medications may look like this: Lithium/Seroquel. Antidepressants and stimulants can destabilize those with bipolar/mood problems, even if mood stabilizers are in place. Many with bipolar can't take antidepressants or stimulants, even with co-morbid ADHD. I suggest reading "The Bipolar Child" by Dimitri and Janet Papalos. The book is very good, and there's a long chapter on medication. You may be able to check it out at the library. Good luck.
     
  6. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    N has done wonderfully with trileptol and abilify. But she needs the combo to be stable. It didn't work when psychiatrist tried to stick to just one mood stabilizer.

    But you have to remember, medications work differently for different people, kids included. What seems like a miracle drug for one person may not seem to do a thing for another.
     
  7. Kjs

    Kjs Guest

    Lamictal worked very well for us.
     
  8. Sara PA

    Sara PA New Member

    If the Zoloft is making your son unstable, no mood stabilizer will correct that. The only treatment for antidepression induced mania/bipolar is discontinuation of the antidepressant.
     
  9. panda

    panda New Member

    lamictal worked wonders for our wonderful little difficult child 1
     
  10. Stella Johnson

    Stella Johnson Active Member

    Depakote has been great for my difficult child but every child is different. There are no miracle "one size fits all" medications.

    Steph
     
  11. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    My son isn't on a mood stabilizer, but I've trialed a few. Here is my honest experience. Lithium was a nightmare BUT BUT BUT my psychiatrist was overdosing me, and refused to test by blood level and, by the time I went to somebody else, he took a test and found me to be toxic, so that means little expect you make sure your psychiatrist tests your child a lot when he's on Lithium. My level was 1.6--way high for somebody who weights 90 lbs. Lamictal was fantastic. I decided to go off of it because I was doing fine without it, and I felt it blunted my creativity (I'm a writer). However, that's the way I'd go if I needed one or if my child did. My daughter was trialed on Depakote as a teen and she tossed it in the garbage saying it made her feel "stupid" and she was in college. She slept a lot. Everyone is different--the effects can be good for one, bad for another on a any medication.
     
  12. Arttillygirl

    Arttillygirl New Member

    My son's just started on Zoloft. Scary reading this. What do I look for to make sure it's working or what signs mean it's a mood disorder instead of depression?
     
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