help 10 year old just got diagnosed.

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Aliciav78, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Aliciav78

    Aliciav78 New Member

    I am new to this site. I hope I am posting this in the right place. I have a 10 year old son who was yesterday diagnosed with adjustment disorder with mixed emotions and conduct disorder. He is a awesome kid on his good days but holy cow on his bad days watch out. He is very angry and will do anything to upset or hurt you. I am wondering what other parents do at HOME. to help there kids? Thanks
  2. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Hi and Welcome!! I'd suggest reading The Explosive Child first. Then, read through some posts here on this board and ask questions, let us get to know you better, vent when you need to.

    Who gave the diagnosis? This is one of my son's diagnosis's, too. Just curious, did things proceed as normal until recently then your son start having problems, or did he seem to have "extreme" behaviors all his life?
  3. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    Hi Aliciav78. Welcome to our forum. I hope you find good help and support here.

    The first thing we suggest on the homefront is reading the book "The Explosive Child" by Ross Greene. It will give you a parenting strategy to help deal with it. Medication will be suggested for nearly all kids with this diagnosis. Did the doctor discuss medications with you?

    What kind of specialist diagnosed your child?
  4. bran155

    bran155 Guest

    Hello and welcome. I would say the same as the others. I just wanted to chime in and say hello. You will love this place, the people here have helped me tremendously!!!!

    Hang in there and God bless. :)
  5. Aliciav78

    Aliciav78 New Member

    Good morning and THANK YOU evryone. I will be sure to read that book. This has been going on with my son for a few years. I have noticed it getting worse in the past year. A psychotherasest diagnosed him. they have not recomened medications yet..
  6. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome :)
    I have to say, I don't tend to trust anyone who gives a CD diagnosis to a younger child. That would make me seek out another opinion. Has your child ever had a neuropsychologist evaluation? They rock! Can you give us the back story on your child and what lead to this diagnosis?
  7. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I took it to mean the diagnosis was "Adjustment disorder with disturbance of mood and conduct". At least, that is the way my son's is written and it isn't the same as the conduct disorder diagnosis. Maybe the poster can clarify that.
  8. Nancy423

    Nancy423 do I have to be the mom?

    ((HUGS)) Welcome to the family. Are there any specific triggers for your difficult child? How's he in school?
  9. Aliciav78

    Aliciav78 New Member

    As far as school he does well. He does not have much problem there. He does recive special edd. At home there are really no triggers that set him off. It could be anything as small as Could you wash your hands for dinner. I know as soon as he comes home from school what kind of night we are going to have. I mean I can tell by his mood. I did find out his offical diagonos is "adjustment disorder with mixed emotions and conduct disfunction." Does anyone know any tips on how to handle this .. Or any info on it?
  10. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    As far as how to treat it,. my suggestion would be to see if you can find a therapist who can/will do cognitive therapy with him. This is a "talk" therapy with the goal being to help him think about himself and situations in a healthier way. It's used for a lot of things- depression, anxiety, poor choice-making in general. It might be difficult finding someone to do therapy like this on a 10 yo though.
  11. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Just wanted to add my welcome! Glad you found us but sorry you needed to.