Hello everyone! I'm new to this community and I'm hoping that I'm in the right place. I apologize as this may be a long post. My 9 year old son was just diagnosed with early onset pediatric bipolar disorder. I had 3 different professionals (school counselor, pediatrician, and therapist) all tell me that they believe that he is bipolar. His therapist (WONDERFUL if I may add) suggested that we try meds. We went to the med specialist and she prescribed Concerta (I work in the medical field and do tons of research). I was hesitant as I know it's a drug mostly used to treat ADHD. I know deep in my heart that he does not have ADHD. I tried it anyway...figuring that she knew what she was doing. Well...she didn't. Within just a couple of days he quit eating...quit sleeping...and started having minor hallucinations. I immediately took him off of the Concerta and made an appointment with another doc. I ended up getting him in to see the medical director (who has a fantastic reputation in the pediatric behavior field). After meeting with him (my son was there as well) for about an hour and a half...he advised me that my son has bipolar disorder (which does run in the family) and has prescribed Prozac. I'm hesitant because of the black box warnings...but I have epilepsy and one of the medications I take three times a day also has a black box warning. I've been on the med for 12 years without a problem. I gave him his first dose of Prozac this morning...but I'm still questioning myself. I know we need to do something for the poor kid. He is miserable and needs help. I guess what I'm wondering is if anyone has experience with children taking Prozac. ANY information would be helpful.
Thank you so much...and I apologize for the long post.
Hello all, I've never been on this board before but I'm at my wits end. I have a 9 year old boy with some obvious behavioral issues. I had him evaluated by his teacher and school counselor and ADHD as well as any form of Autism has been ruled out. He was evaluated both by direct observation and written testing filled out by both myself and his teacher. The results came back that he very obviously suffers from depression and anxiety. It was suggessted that I take him to his pediatrician. After a thorough exam, his pediatrician suggested I have him evaluated by a child psychologist because he shows all of the signs of bi-polar disorder (as well as mental health issues on both sides of the family). His pediatrician is not an alarmist and generally the type of doctor who would refer him to a mental health expert unless he truly believes that my son has a chemical imbalance. Now here comes the hard part...my son is violently opposed to seeing a counselor. When I bring it up...he throws a fit. Cries and yells. Tells me that I'm being mean and making him mad. Nobody else in my family seems to be on board as they seem to think that he's just 'quirky' or 'unusual'. Problem is...he's miserable and therefore everyone else in the home is miserable. His moods rule the household. Does he need further evaluation? And if so...how do I get him to go? I am absolutely at my wits end. Any input would be highly appreciated.