I would find the very best Child Psychiatrist you can afford. Let them do an evaluation on this young boy and offer up treatment suggestions.
It sounds like his home (prior to you), was not a good environment and he may have behaviors from being exposed to too much .........
My daughter was on Lamictal from age 9 to 13. It is a good med for targeting depressive type symptoms. 50mgs is a pretty low dose, but before deciding to get rid of it all together, I would consult with the new Child Psychiatrist.
I would be more than happy to search online for some local resources that may be helpful to you and your young Grandson. If you write back with your City/State I will see what I can find.
Lastly, the one organization that has been MY lifeline these past 8 years, has been: http://www.thebalancedmind.org/ I highly suggest you taking a look at the website for info and support.
Your G-son has had his mom directing his medical care for many years now........this may be a hard pattern to change.
His Dad may need to get involved by going to Dr. appointments with the mom and son - - trying to learn what is going on. They may need to go to a therapist (LMFT) ALL together to try and sort out what type of care is needed, and figure out a plan so everyone can be involved.
While I have learned a lot from The Balanced Mind, I have enjoyed the in-person support groups that NAMI offers. Hopefully there is a chapter near you?! I belong to their Parents of Youth group, which has helped with local resources, and friendship : )
Parenting a child with MI, often times needs its own set of guild-lines, because I know what worked for my other daughters, has definitely NOT worked for my youngest. I have had to re-vamp how I talk to her, how I approach her, just about every aspect of parenting her has been different - - not to mention my husband.......he was harder to "retrain" so-to-speak.
Well, I hope you find some good support, and I hope to "see" you on The Balanced Mind one day. Take care !!!! -KathleenView Thread
Medication trials are very individual - so what your son is experiencing may very well be side-effect issues.
I urge you to call your son's psychiatrist tomorrow and report how he is feeling. Zoloft wasn't a good med for my daughter either, it made her angrier and more violent..........you just never know! There are many other medication options the psychiatrist can suggest.
I am short on time and will be gone all day, but I wanted to reach out to you and say how sorry I am that your daughter is struggling and send you some ((((((((((Hugs)))))))))) !!!
I SO get where you're at, and understand the difficulties of mental illness - for everyone, your daughter, you, and the entire family.
I urge you to check out and join The Balanced Mind - http://www.thebalancedmind.org/ They have been my lifeline and support system these past 7-years. You can join an online support community and immediately be a part of understanding/smart community that "gets it".
I will check back in tomorrow when I have more time, but until then, take care!! -KathleenView Thread
I'm so sorry to hear your daughter is struggling - sounds like you are doing a great job finding her help.
2-of my daughters struggle with depression, and along my journey I discovered The Balanced Mind Foundation http://www.thebalancedmind.org/ The parents have been my lifeline these past 8-years!! They are kind, compassionate and best of all, they "GET IT". They understand the difficulties and complexities that come with having a child who has depression and/or anxiety. I highly urge you to join (it costs 5.00/month) and sign up for one of their many online support groups.
As you are learning - - medication is individual, what works for one, can be a disaster for another. My 4th daughter has run through many, many medication trials. Currently she is in an IOP program at a hospital nearby and its helping tremendously!! Has any one brought up this type of program for your daughter?
I'm glad you wrote, there are many of us parents out here, and I'm happy to offer up help and support anytime. Take care!!! -KathleenView Thread
Hi, I am glad you wrote, but sorry you are having a difficult time.
Is there ANY adult you really connect with and trust? An Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Friend's parent etc... that you could share your feelings with? Finding someone to listen to you is really important..... Is it summer break now for you? I ask, because a school counselor can be helpful too - but if its summer, we'll need to look elsewhere for an adult.
Some parents, for whatever reason, can have a difficult time understanding / facing the fact that their child needs help.
You look fine, and act fine to them, so you must be fine, period! Unfortunately, a person with depression is not fine, and needs help and compassion.
I will send a few links for you to explore and if you have any questions or need someone to "chat" with, please write back dear.
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