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Oct 04, 2014
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ANGRY CHILD NEW
by: Anonymous

My son is 8. He was diagnosed with ADHD about two years ago but I am like most of you. He has these angry outbursts that seem to come out of nowhere. It feels like we are walking on egg shells. I have two other children. He has a twin brother and a 15 yr old sister. The least little thing can set him off. His teacher says the same thing. She just can't imagine him acting that way because he is the model student at school. That has been very frustrating for me. Other family members and friends want to blame it on bad parenting but my other two don't act this way. He is on meds for mood disorder. They said he didn't meet the "criteria" for bipolar disorder but I disagree. It also runs in my family. I have a maternal aunt who is severely bipolar. Also have two cousins. I don't know what else to do. The doctors have him on Vyvanse for adhd and seroquel twice a day and Trileptal at night for mood but it is NOT working.

Jan 25, 2012
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by: Anonymous

So, my son had his first apt with the psychologist....from the information that I gave him he felt that he could also, very well be bipolar and started him on Zyprexa. He told me that studies show that 80% of children who have a mood disorder, have more than one. So, he said that it is very possible that my son is Bipolar as well as ADHD. My son has been on the Zypreza for about 6 days and we had to stop the ritalin because it was making him worse. So we are still battling with my son but at least we are on our way to getting him better. I hope that my long ass story didn't bore you too much and maybe you even found it helpful? I know for me it feels really good to know that I am not alone. Please feel free to email me directly if you have anymore questions. cammajones@gmail.com

Jan 25, 2012
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My son NEW
by: Anonymous

Sorry I had to split the posts up cause it will only let me write 300 words at a time.
With my son, he showed signs of having ADHD at around 3 or so. When he was in kindergarten I had him evaluated by his pediatrician and she confirmed what I had thought....He indeed had ADHD. She said it would be best to wait til he was at least in 1st grade to medicate because thats when school gets a little tougher. By the time he was in first grade he was pretty out of control, couldnt sit still in class, couldnt get any work done, was litterally climbing the walls. So I took him back to his Dr. and had him re evaluated and once again she said he had ADHD. I wasn't big on giving him Ritalin since its like crack but I felt I didn't have a choice. I am a low income, singel mom and I unfortunetly can't afford to do the hardcore Glucose/die/whatever free diet that all my firneds say I should do so meds it was. He started Ritilin a few months ago. His teacher said he was doing better in class but at home he was still a wreck. Just the weekend before he was "defending his friend" from the neighbor girl and had put her in a full on choke hold, he had his legs wrapped around her legs and his arms arounnd her neck and was squeezing her so hard that his whole body was shaking....that same day he also attacked his sister because she said something he didnt like and he punched her and scratched her face. After this incident it finally hit me...his behavior was very similar to my daughters before she started her meds. Could he be bipolar too I thought?

Jan 25, 2012
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still me NEW
by: Anonymous

The psychologist than talked to her and I and was convinced that she was bipolar (mental illness runs in both her dads side of the family as well as mine, so this wasn't a surprise)as well as depressed. He started her right away on Zyprexa for the Bipolar and Prozac for the depression. It took a month or two of tweaking the dosages but it worked and she hasnt had an episode since!

Jan 25, 2012
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Me again NEW
by: Anonymous

It was much harder with my daughter....the pediatrician that she had didn't think that her behavior had anything to do with any kind of mood disorder, he pretty much thought it was my parenting that was causing her to be out of control. He suggested counseling (which she did for a year and didnt help) and he also suggested taking her to a child pshchologist which i searched for for 2 years with no luck. Her "episodes" started at the age of 4 and by the time she was 9 she was out of control....She was like a lightswitch, anything would set her off. i would ask her to do something or tell her no about something and she would physically attack me and try to hurt me, I was told to try and restrain her so that she wouldnt her me (which only made her mader) and after the episode was over she would cry and tell me sorry and that she wanted to die because she thought she was a horrible kid. The final straw was when she had an episode in the car on our way to counseling and she kicked and broke the windsheild. The next day I called and made an apt with the new pediatrian who had taken over for her old one that had retired (thank god!). At the apt I told her everything that was going on and she agreed with me that something was not right. She then referred me to a child pschologist

Jan 25, 2012
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Situational bi-polar?- Also consider allergies. NEW
by: Anonymous

When I adopted my younger son at age 6, he had been having rage attacks since the age of 2.. Luckily, he came with an ADHD diagnosis AND responded exceptionally well to Ritalin which pretty much controlled these episodes. We discovered an allergic connection the first week we had a dog (when he was 9) and he began having 3 rage attacks a day. (none at school) Neurologist and psychologist ruled out other factors and due to his positive response to antihistamines, the neurologist referred him to an allergist. Treatment pretty much stabilized him again. Receiving a variety of interventions he steadily improved until 17 when the symptoms of full blown bi-polar disorder appeared setting him back again.
Bottom line, I'd urge you to have a full evaluation by a facility that will consider all possibilities including allergies. Treatment works.

Jan 25, 2012
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At Camma NEW
by: Anonymous

What kind of treatment is your daughter and son getting? My ex-husband and I got to see a therapist on Friday (it is the 1st appt and it is just us, my son isn't going). I don't want him on meds that will make him a zombie, but I know he is as miserable as myself and his 2 brothers, so I am hoping. How long did it take for them to be diagnosed?

Thanks

Jan 25, 2012
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same NEW
by: Camma

Your sons behavior sounds exactly like both my daughter who was diagnosed with bipolar/depression last year and my son who was just diagnosed with bipolar/ADHD last week. They both could keep it together at school but at home would be just like you described.

Jan 25, 2012
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Helpful! NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm glad you addressed this. I too have a problem with teachers, etc. saying that a child "can't be bipolar" simply because they don't see the behaviors or because they think they have another explanation. I have known more than one adult who is able to hold it together at work, in the community, etc. but still have significant rages and mood swings at home that they just hide from the rest of the world. Those same adults will tell you, though, that they "can't be bipolar" because they "hold down a good job" etc.! Frustrating!

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