He has been on every med known to man for ADHD and is currently on Lamictal as a mood stabilizer, vyvannse for ADHD and Invega and recently started on a low dose of Lithium and we are still experiencing severe mood swings, from whinning to anger rages. We are at a loss for the right coctail. Any suggestions please?
Everyone is different so it is difficult to say which particular cocktail will work. If the drugs aren't helping, I'd recommend stopping one med at a time (keep the Vyvanase... it usually doesn't cause irritability/mood swings), and observe his reactions closely. Invega could cause strange reactions, it is an anti-psychotic and works as a dopamine antagonist (meaning it reduces dopamine in the brain... not so good for people with ADHD, who suffer a deficit of dopamine). Try stopping that one (talk to the doctor, but also I'd get a second opinion. 11 is awfully young to be diagnosed with BP disorder... ). Then try stopping Lamictal if he doesn't improve... otherwise, I'm at a loss. Perhaps the Lithium will help.
Giving an 11 year old so many drugs is dangerous to his health and natural developement. He is just a kid .Think what you are doing to him.Your his mum and you need to talk and to connect with him ,find a way for both your sakes. Dont focus on the disorders . I think psychiatrists are medicalising childish behaviour and putting young kids on addictive harmfull drugs.
Labelling and stigmatising children is damaging. Try finding him a good behavioural therapist (non drug) or just help him yourself by spending time with him doing lots of fun stuff. Tell him its normal to have moods. Its called being human!!! Give him a chance to grow out of it naturally as kids do and he will really thank you for it. .
my 10 yr old son was diagnosed with the same thing and then we did more tests because the meds wernt working and found that he actually has aspergers and adhd that could be the case aspergers is commonly misdiagnosed as bipolar
I am also wondering how an 11 year old can be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder? Sure I can see Attention Disorders, but Bipolar. Go to a different Dr. I work in the medical profession (RN) and have never in my 30+ years in practice heard of a Dr. or Psychiatrist diagnosing a kid with Bipolar Disorder. Then there is the Lamictal? A child's brain chemistry is so much different than an adults and again, who puts an 11 year old on Lamictal? (A child with seizure disorder, maybe) Yes ADHD when you are 11 can go towards the stimulants like Adderall, but combination with behavioral therapy is #1 in treatment, not just giving a child medications.
If meds. are to be part of your son's life, please do only one at a time and not in combinations where he gets more scrambled in the head than when he started. If you are dealing with anger/aggression issues, or depression issues with your son be very careful with psychotropic medications --- they do go directly to the brain and change the chemistry for the good --- or the bad. If you are looking for a med. coctail and the issue is rages I would ask about Seroquel, Depakote, or Triliptal, but then again, what do these drugs do to an 11 years old brain chemistry.
Watch for the rash with the Lamictal at least OK?
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