my son is 11 and has had issues with sleep and aggression for years he has been diagnosed with a mood disorder and adhd, also post traumatic stress disorder. i would love to hear about other young children taking lithium to see whats good and whats not
Hello, first, your son sounds like you son is a strong young person who is truly blessed to have an informed caring parent/advocate, such as you, please never forget this! Second, I see lithium being prescribed like candy to adults and increasing amount of children. Also, I see Seroquel being utlizied more and more for children for sleep, aggression, mood stabilization, anxiety, psychosis, etc. My professional opinion would be to stay with the Seroquel, don't go near the Lithium. It is true that Seroquel has its negative side effects and adverse events, but from what I have seen in the clinicial world, those are much more able to be tolerated than those Lithium could present, including but not limited to hypothyroidism, renal dysfunction (if level becomes too high, potential failure), etc.
Third, has your son ever seen or been evaluated by a pediatric neurologist for any type of neurological disorder or deficits? Many children and adolescents, again, that I have seen in clinical practice, have some underlying neurological challenge/challenges that have been misdiagnosed as psychiatric in nature. Very, very, very often, neurological challenges are accompanied by some type or types of psychiatric disorder (s). Please understand, that having the child evaluated by a pediatric neurologist is not the current standard of care now and if your provider did not, it is just because the guidelines do not tell us that this is part of a psychiatric evaluation. So, he or she are only following current treatment guidelines. I do this, becoming more difficult, as usually insurance will not cover and lack of pediatric neurologists in our locale. Even if I can manage to get this referral approved, some just do not take it seriously and blame psychiatric phenomena. The most important, you are the parent, and learn as much as your brain can absorb about Seroquel and Lithium and all of the psychiatric medications so you can make your own, informed decisions. Some very good resources are: www.psyweb.com, www.mentalhealth.com, www.healing-arts.com, www.medscape.com. and lastly, but not any least important, www.dr-bob.org. I hope that this has helped; my best regards to yourself and your child.
Just wanted to write with some info I have. Your son has the same things my son has. Mine is 6 yrs old and also has Sensory Integration Disorder. I do not have any personal experience with Lithium. I would personally try everything else before that. They often use that with bipolar also. My son was on Concerta. It worked well for focusing but made him even angrier. He is now on Focalin. I love it. His ADHD is under control and his mood is awesome. My Dr. said this medicine does help with mood disorders. His appetite has increased slightly, and he doesn't have too much trouble sleeping with this either. I am very happy with this one. Has he been on any other meds before Lithium? I am sending u a friend request also, we may be able to give advise back n forth since they sound so similiar. Good Luck.
NOOOOOOOO don't do it! Please! I was a child who was diagnosed with adhd and other "disorders" and put on meds real young. I wish so much that my parents looked into a more holistic approach like family counseling or acupuncture, alternative ways for me to get out my aggression, and less harsh medicines. I feel like I lost part of my childhood to drugging. Kids are anxious and at times aggressive because the have a lot of energy and no healthy way to direct it and then told there is something wrong with us put on pills, making companies a profit. 11 years old is too young!
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