My son is 6 years old and in kindergarten. He was diagnosed when he was 4 with mood disorder. The psychiatrist at the time said he is too young to be fully diagnosed with a mental disorder because his brain is still developing/growing. So my son was labeled a mood disorder patient. The psychiatrist said that means he has something in the spectrum of being bipolar or having schizophrenia. We tried several psychotrophic drugs such as Abilify & Depacote....and no changes were seen. We were really nervous about using such strong drugs on such a young child so we went to our pediatrician for help. Blood tests were run and everything came back normal--except for one thing: he had high levels of strep antibiody in his blood. The doctor decided he must be a strep carrier. She looked into PANDAS but the symptoms didn't match my son. We then turned to the elementary school that my son would be going to. They have a preschool program for children with disabilities and with the behavior problems he was having he was eligilbe for the program. To start the program, extensive testing was done on my son. He had a hearing test, vision test, they ruled our Aspergers & Autism, and even had his daycare teacher & myself fill our long questionnaires about his behavior. The results showed he was way out of range in several areas....he was very agressive, very depressed, and he had a lot of trouble socially. Academically he is extremely smart but he has so much trouble doing regular everyday stuff.
My son is can be very mean, very vendictive, very negative, and very hard to get along with. I am divorced so I know that adds to the mix even more. His father still sees him every other weekend (occasionally more than that) and lives in the same city. I am remarried and the relationship between my husband (his step father) and my son is typically not good. My son tells him he hates him, he's not his father, he is stupid, he is a nerd, etc. The anger is extreme and uncontrollable.
Oh my there is so much to say about this little boy. I have had him meeting with a counselor for about 2 months now. But because my son hates talking about his behavior he hates going to see her. I guess this is good and bad. Bad because I am so embarressed by the way he treats her and good that she can see how he really behaves and can help us figure out how to help my son. The counselor said she belives he has ODD and might even be bipolar. We are scheduled for a psychiatric evaluation on May 20th (that day cannot get here soon enough). We are hoping to take my son off of his current medication (Clonodine) and get him on something else that will better help his outubrsts. I could really use some insight as to what medications have worked for anyone else with a similar situation. There are so many out there and I know that what works for one child may not work for another. But I would like to read up on some before our appointment so I am familiar with them.
Let me list some other problems we are having with him:
AHDH-cannot sit still, speeds through homework & doesn't care about it at all, hyperactive all the time, bouncing all over the place
Agressive--hitting kids & teachers at school (sometimes provoked and sometimes not), hit kid at daycare with a golf club, threw rocks at teacher, occasionally bites
Argumentative--constantly arguing with ANYONE and EVERYONE--family, friends, principle, counselor
Snaps--goes from ok to beyond angry in 2 seconds--you can see the change in his face & eyes
Sensitivity--hates tags in his shirts rubbing on his neck
Major Surgery Feb 2010--he had a UTI (unusual for males) so went to urologist, did sonogram and VCUG, found kidney reflux grade V (worst kind), left kidney was severly damaged, so it was removed 3 months ago. Speedy/great recovery.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas I would really, really appreciate them. Thanks!