My son is 14 1/2 and suffers from depression and ADHD. He is not diagnosed bipolar but his mood swings and angry outbursts have become unmanageable and he is very erratic. After going up and down with Lexapro and Adderall, we have settled on lower doses of those meds and are now adding in Trileptal even without the bipolar diagnosis. Does anybody have teenagers that have taken this? Anybody have similar experiences to share so we know what to expect? I am particularly worried about the side effects of increased suicidal thoughts as this has been an issue for us in the past. Help!
I know I'm writing long after your question was asked, but now you can tell me the latest information and how things are going for you and your son. I raised 3 sons with ADHD. Mood swings and angry outbursts can be a product of your son's hormones swinging up and down. It's really hard on him to have all the problems of ADHD which can be embarrassing in the presence of other kids who don't have it. Nobody really "gets it." They have no idea how hard simple things can be for the ADHD child. BUT they DO know he is different. And different can be devastating to the ADHD teen who just wants to be normal and accepted.
Now is a time when he cares about his appearance which includes being on task at school, especially when called on by the teacher, and able to take notes and be coordinated at all times. Mine couldn't take notes as quickly as others, one son in particular had so much difficulty with lack of fine motor coordination and spelling, he didn't try to take notes in order not to embarrass himself. The teacher thought he was lazy. NOT SO. These kids in middle and high school have to save face at all costs. Another of my sons had many little accidents that embarrassed him. Things like dropping books and papers, not being quiet and organized when class begins, having the ketchup bottle blow up all over him and the table, etc.
My own experience with trileptal was one of NO side effects.
Please write to me if you have any questions or concerns. I may be able to help you with ADHD, ADD, OCD, depression, anything related to raising boys with these problems. You can send me a private message if you desire.
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