Reply To: Anger and ADHD: Help!

Devon Frye

This reply was originally posted by user Cammmieb in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

We tried Prozac for my 9-year-old son this past fall. Pre-Prozac he had aggression challenges. The doctor recommended a small dosage of Prozac over stimulants as he thought stimulants could increase his agitation. Prozac was supposed to help with flexibility in thought. Instead it sent his ADHD off the charts. He couldn’t sit still in class. His anger outbursts increased as well — it can take away inhibitions, so he didn’t care what he said and to who. It was crazy to experience — felt like we were being held captive in our house by an emotional terrorist. We went off Prozac — took several weeks to get to baseline. We haven’t tried meds with him since. My other son has ADHD as well, but it manifests itself differently. He’s on Quillivant and it has worked amazingly well. Each child is so unique.