My Forum Comments
Thank you to the psychologist who pointed out the importance of counseling. I agree 100% – were waiting to find out if it can be provided by our school OR since he’s not struggling academically right now, if we have to utilize outside counseling.
Your point about hyperfocusing on criticism and/or change, even challenges faced in everyday interactions (otherwise seen as normal to everyone else) really hits home. You articulated what I was trying to really say when I created this post. I feel like the Med has brought out so many other things, and I just don’t want them to define him.
My dad (who has since retired) was a pharma rep and actually sold the branded drug BuSpar. I asked him and he said doctors like it because of its safety profile – it’s non habit forming, however it can take a month to really see a difference. Supposedly it is used as add on for depression and other anxiety disorders.
I asked our physician yesterday about Quill, and ironically, he confirmed what you said…there’s some type of hold on producing it due to pfizer selling it to another company (generic company probably since it’s an old molecule in a new form). Check with a specialty pharmacy. Sometimes they can get access to things other pharmacists don’t because they’re more focused.
I read Q was a great form of methylphenidate and worked particularly well for kids with inattentive sub-type and those possibly on spectrum…which my son may be.
Thank you Kevin for your response. It is overwhelming with the different options (to medicate or not to medicate). It’s just so frustrating to see kids struggle! One thing that i swear is helping my 10 year old son is his “xbox bank” – I’m 100% sure electronics have played some type of roll in his moodiness and anxiety – so we implemented the Xbox bank. He earns minutes throughout the week based on responsibilities being met, polite attitude, and reading when he’s supposed to. We give him the following:
For every page read = 1 min (he’s kind of a slow reader so he usually accumulates about 10-15 minutes in a half hour of reading.
Starting homework and completing before hockey = 10 min
Helping his younger siblings (with various things) = 5 min
Practicing his hockey shots = 10 min for every 30 shots
By the end of the week, he usually only accumulates 60-70 minutes of time BUT he is 100% responsible for earning it. Some weeks are better than others, and we even take minutes away if needed. My point being, for some reason, this has helped with his anxiety. I️ don’t know if it’s less screen time (thus more tuned in and not off in another world), or he feels like he has a hand in something. His moods have improved a ton too.
Ummm, don’t feel sorry for my son, thank you. He’s not getting screwed up because of his meds, he’s just experiencing side effects and we’re trying to help in managing it. Why do you think i thought to post my question.
Thank you for your reply. The NP has mentioned ASD as a possibility, and I’ve suspected that for a while. I️ know there are varying degrees as to where they fall in severity, but if he is, i think he’d be what one would consider borderline spectrum. I’m not in denial of him being on the spectrum at all, it’s just that he has so many qualities that would make anyone think otherwise, but we’ll just have to get him tested by his doctor and NP to know for sure. Until our new insurance kicks in March 1, and with the schedule from his NP, were titration him down off the Strattera. His teacher allows him to play with his fidget cube during school and he has t bitten his fingers all week!
Anyway, thank you for your reply and thoughts!