1. 4Tall

    Another Almost-18 year old in custody of CPS

    This must be an epidemic -- my 17 year old Difficult Child with bipolar disorder had another manic episode on Monday -- this time at school, where people besides me got to experience it. He attends a non-public school for kids with emotional disability, but hadn't really been displaying the...
  2. M

    I don't know how to help her

    I have a 17 year old who suffers with depression, anxiety, and ADD. She has been in therapy off and on since she was very young, 3-4 years old. As a small child, she suffered with selective mutism, enursis, encopresis, chewing on her tongue, pulling out her hair, night terrors; you name an...
  3. ?

    Behaviour mod (him & us), medications, professional help

    Duping some of what momtoalex had to say. My timing in finding this board (almost a year ago!) was very lucky and we have followed Pico's advice re building a village. We had already had difficult child thoroughly checked out by family physician for possible medical causes, had had a specialized...
  4. gcvmom

    As if there ever were any doubt... difficult child 2 removed ALL of that with just one late dosing

    It's so easy to be lulled into a false sense of normalcy. medications are working, everyone's holding it together pretty well. You start to think, "Hey, maybe my kid doesn't really need to be on all these medications! Maybe this was all just a bad dream afterall!" On Friday, difficult child 2 didn't get his medications at...
  5. J

    Suspended from school for the rest of the year. Problems, Problems, more problems.

    difficult child didn't like that the teacher sent her to in-house for the day for being disrespectful, so she had showed everyone, a fraction of what I get at home. They couldn't believe it, 5 school administrators, social workers and teachers couldn't redirect her. She cursed and screamed and tapped her...
  6. T

    Experience with Trileptal?

    My son has just been weaned off of Depakote because it was causing him to have pretty bad tremors. The doctor now wants to start him on Trileptal. Does anyone have any experience with this drug? He'd be using it along with Abilify (20 mg) and Wellbutrin.
  7. gcvmom

    To let him sleep, or not?

    I've posted before about difficult child 2's tendency to sleep a lot. He went to bed at 9pm last night and he's still sleeping (it's 12:30pm now). I woke him at 9am today to give him his morning Depakote, and I have to do it again in a minute for his afternoon Seroquel dose. Part of his excessive...
  8. gcvmom

    Hurry up and WORK already!

    difficult child 2 has been on Tegretol XR a week now and I am really wishing we could just fast forward another month because his behavior is not getting any better. Although his math/science teacher said he appears to be less impulsive this week. And he has been able to get his homework done more quickly...
  9. P

    im not sure what her deal is

    difficult child has decided she is going to hang out in her room. She wants everyone to leave her alone and if anyone trys to talk to her when she is in there she enters meltdown mode. It really seems like she is depressed. She has been on trileptal now for 2 months and it seems to help but the psychiatrist said if...
  10. R

    Scary giggles

    So difficult child 2 is working his way back to manic today. Actually starting seeing the signs on Thursday. Besides being incredibly obnoxious this morning he was giggling intermittently. At one point he said that everything was going too slowly. I said "is that because your thoughts are going fast?" and...
  11. gcvmom

    Blood sugar levels and medication stability

    Does anyone here know if there are studies or data that examine the effects blood sugar levels can have on the effectiveness of psychiatric medications? difficult child 2 has had breakthrough symptoms the past week or so, and he's telling me he's usually really hungry when this happens. Happened again this afternoon...
  12. F

    Anyone know about non-hyperactive ADD?

    My twelve year old daughter is in seventh grade and struggling to keep C's. She has learning disabilities and everyone says she doesn't have ADHD. I'm not sure what ADHD even entails. SHe tells me she has trouble keeping her mind on school when the teacher is talking, then needs to go for extra...
  13. P

    Need input before psychiatrist tomorrow

    Hi difficult child 2 has been on Abilify (very low dose) for a few years for impulsivity, getting in other kids' space etc. He has major focus issues. executive function etc. Stimulants made him miserable, have tried just about everything else. (Abilify is only AP though). We finally decided to...
  14. M

    Bipolar disorder and Stimulants for ADHD Symptoms

    Little Bear is being referred to a great children's hospital in our state and we are now waiting for his appointment to their psychiatry clinic. It takes 6-8 weeks after referral to be called for an appointment. so I am trying to get all my question's together now. We have tried all kinds of medications and...
  15. G

    New psychiatrist new RX's

    Prozac for difficult child II and the Daytrona Patch for difficult child I Thoughts? Tips? Opinions?
  16. 3

    Metadate questions?

    so here we go again.... Since September it's been (in addition to Lithium) Wellbutrin - didn't work, Concerta - didn't work and took away appetite, Seroquel - made him aggressive (but stopped the bedwetting), Adderal - put him on hyper warp speed, did nothing positive (bedwetting back again)...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Janna

    So Tell Me About The Uncommon medications

    that may be working for your kid. What do you do when you've tried them all? Dylan's hyperactivity and impulsivity are skyrocketing. We had him 6 full days over the holiday, and every person that came in contact with him said he seemed "10x worse", "ready to jump out of his skin", "couldn't...
  20. O

    difficult child wanted to do voluntary commit

    This morning difficult child refused to go to therapeutic school. It seemed that nothing we tried was going to work. We took away all his things and he said he did not care, then he kicked me. DS called the police. They went upstairs and spoke with him to see if they could figure out what was going on...