I recently read an article published by the Child Trauma Institute. There was a statement in the article that stated that for effective treatment of a child the therapist needs to treat the parent as a co-therapist; to recognize a parents knowledge of their child & research done on their childs behalf. Having said that, Im reminded of all the conflict many of the CD board parents seem to have working with their childs current psychiatrist, therapist & even the current diagnosis. While there have been cases of misdiagnosis, our children are a lifelong journey. With age & maturity the many diagnosiss will be changed, modified or ruled out according to your childs presenting symptoms. Our children were placed with us almost 7 years ago. Hard to believe how the time has passed. I remember being rather innocent when dealing with all the medical professionals; being very defensive or reactive to the suggestions or medications & recommendations for treatment. As my children have matured I have matured. The science of the brain, mental illness & emotional issues is more of a crapshoot, than a science. I got to the point where I could no longer continue to hop from one doctor to the next because I vehemently reacted to a diagnosis or to a treatment plan placed before me. I had to, for my childrens sake, take a hard look at what these very educated individuals were telling me & begin a respectful & informed dialogue. So, what started out as a somewhat volatile relationship with our current psychiatrist has turned into a partnership; mutual respect, hearing one another out. We began to see ourselves not as doctor/parent but as a team looking out for the best interests of my children. I have to say that we have the same relationship with our current therapists for my children. This all took time; my ability to stop and listen with an open mind grew. The professionals working with me on my childrens behalf have learned to hear what I am saying & respect my concerns. They have acknowledged that no one knows my children better than I do no one else will advocate for my children with more passion than me. I, alone, am the person who has my childs best interest as my highest priority. It took three and a half long years to pull our core treatment team onto the same page. While that was a work in progress, my children continued treatment; continued to evolve to other diagnosiss & treatment issues. All that being said, I would recommend if you are struggling with a current diagnosis, medication, psychiatrist, therapist, etc. that you sit down & open an honest dialogue with the people you currently have employed to help your child. At some point, you have to stop searching for the perfect diagnosis or medication & start working on the treatment plan; coping skills, life skills, academic progress, etc. For many of our children there will never be one diagnosis or medication that will fix the problem. If you cannot come to some sort of mutual & respectful agreement, then ask for a referral. You know, as I do, how exhausting all of this starting over with a new psychiatrist, therapist & whatnot is. It tends puts all treatment options on hold until everything is reassessed. Just something to consider on this very chilly morning.