1. klmno

    "Agitation" ???

    Ok, I'm working thru all this, I think. Two questions: 1) psychiatrist always meets with both difficult child and me together so some things might be worded a little differently as a result. If psychiatrist says "watch for signs of agitation", does that mean that if difficult child is suddenly the epitemy of defiance, that...
  2. gcvmom

    Post-psychiatrist visit and update on difficult child 2

    I think the meeting went well. difficult child 2 was able to articulate what's going on with him -- both the good and bad. We've decided he is one of these rare people who metabolize drugs ultra rapidly. psychiatrist has about 30 to 40 patients on Seroquel XR and no one blows through it like difficult child 2. No one. But...
  3. TerryJ2

    Does Cymbalta have more/worse side effects than, say, Zoloft, on teens?

    Before sending off my difficult child to a residential treatment boarding school, we want to try an antidepressant. Right now he's taking Imiprimine at night but the psychiatrist seems to view that more in terms of bedwetting issues. Don't ask me why. I was thinking that since difficult child had such a horrid reaction a few...
  4. F

    Advances in depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    I can't link the article because it requires a login and password, but I've pasted it below:
  5. B

    coming out of lurkdom

    Hi, I'm coming out of long-standing lurkdom. I have always read here vigilantly and now I would like to participate. I posted here several years ago before I went into lurkdom. I think I have learned the most here than at any message board. My older difficult child (15) is a handful. I homeschooled him...
  6. P

    New Medication choices

    I am new to this forum, but not new to parenting a difficult child. My son's dad and I began getting help for him when he was 2 and he is now 13. He has had the priviledge of receiving some of the best care in the state of Arizona, which came at a heavy cost to us as we did not have insurance...
  7. M

    Survey-medications due to stress/depression of difficult child'S?

    I was curious to know if any of you began taken medications because of the stress/depression of difficult child'S? Is this common? If yes, what kind of medications and for what? Depression/Stress? Thank you in advance for your response. ME AND THE BOYS
  8. smallworld

    Lamictal question

    We’ve been doing some medication changes for J now that school has ended. We finally got him off Depakote completely and haven’t seen a return of his mania (yeah!). He’s on 100 mg BID Lamictal and 5 mg Lexapro – and he’s still depressed. He’s lying around the house, not wanting to do anything but...
  9. Steely

    How do YOU stay calm in a difficult child meltdown

    I need help, ideas, and advice, on staying calm in the middle of my son's meltdowns, rudeness, manipulations, and his attempts at blatantly pushing my buttons. I used to be the most calm mom, ever - and now I have lost whatever it was I used to have, and with just one button pushing statement...
  10. K

    thank you

  11. E

    New Here..Thank God you exist...Need help badly

  12. Steely

    difficult children physical maladies - physical or psychiatric?

    OK - So I need some insight from this wonderfully knowledgeable group! In the last 6 months my son has gone through some radical medication changes. He went off of Depakote, Seroquel, and Effexor - and started Clonidine. Two months ago, this change was complete. It has been 9 years since he has...
  13. klmno

    Mania question

    Did I remember this wrong or is there truth to the theory that AD's can cause a manic type reaction, even if the kid (or adult) is not truly bipolar? I'm aware that AD's can trigger mania in a person with bipolar, but I thought I also remembered reading in a couple of different places that this...
  14. J

    need help with info on medication for easy child

    hi can someone please help give me their experience with ssri's which is a medication we do not use for difficult child due to her reaction to it. pysch doctor wouldnt' see her today or medicate her. long story on other thread. put call into peds to get her medication in the meantime while i'm working on calling another...
  15. Marguerite

    difficult child 3 - violent rage. Strattera?

    We've been to a Christmas party at difficult child 1's in-laws. We of course took difficult child 3, he's been maybe slightly edgy but it's easy to put this down to the season, shopping and changes in routine. However, several times in the last couple of days he's been particularly resistant to changes in routine...
  16. C

    What to ask at Dr. appointment.

    I don't get on here much, but I look to you for your wealth of information and experience!! My difficult child, 10, is on cymbalta for ADHD/anxiety issues. We have a pscyh. doctor that I'm fairly confident of -he is well known as a child's advocate and diagnostic. I have an appointment with him this week to go...
  17. change

    Experience with Lexapro & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

    Hey All, Was out of town and stayed off the internet all that time. Was wierd. Anyway, I'm back! :winking: Missed y'all too!!! My daughter is switching from Effexor 75mg to Lexapro 20mg. Supposedly to help her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She also switched from ConcertaXR to AdderrallXR, and Topomax to Lamictal...
  18. Steely

    Not such good news for our bi-polar difficult children

    The FDA has just stopped short of black boxing 11 anti-seizure medications claiming that they increase the risk of suicidal ideation. They instead chose to include warnings and send information to all doctors about the potential risks. I think that more than a LOT our difficult children take these medications! I guess just...
  19. klmno

    bipolar questions

    For those familiar with bipolar, could a 10-11 yo be triggered into major depression (1st time), then go into a manic state for 2-3mos., then be stable for 8-9 mos., then go into major depression for 1-2 mos., then manic state for 1 mo., then appear to be cycling back and forth every 2 weeks...
  20. Alisonlg

    psychiatrist's Tentative Plan...

    So, we had our psychiatrist appointment yesterday after M was getting more frustrated and explosive/violent on the increased Tenex. psychiatrist decided to take M completely off the Tenex...cold turkey! I must have protested three or four times saying, "But I was told you had to wean off of Tenex..." and "Are you...