My 8 year old son was diagnosed with ODD when he was 3 years old. When he was 5 1/2, ADHD was added and medication soon followed. Last winter, the diagnoses of mood disorder NOS was added, along with more meds. He is now on: 60 mg strattera in the AM, 25 mg ritalin in the AM, 250 mg Depakote in the AM, 10 mg ritalin mid-afternoon, 0.5 mg clonidine & 250 mg Depakote at bedtime.
This generally helps him focus, be more responsive to directives, control his impulses & anger, etc. But over the past couple of week, we have caught him repeatedly stealing (food and money) and lying to cover up all of his mis-deeds. We finally put a lock on the outside of his bedroom door which my husband latches when he wakes in the morning (around 6:30) to keep our son in until I get up around 7:15-7:30. This prevents him from being unsupervised, but we then found he'll get into food in the kitchen while I'm in the living room with our 1 year old (he's eating cake decorations in the pantry, sneaking crackers, Oreos, chocolate candies, fruit roll-ups, etc.). Then last week, while getting his regular bowl of cereal at the kitchen counter, he took a $10 bill out of my money jar. I found the money quite by chance later that day. Today, I found about $4 worth of quarters which belong to my older son; I'd stored them in a plastic baggie in the bread box for "safe keeping".
We also have repeatedly found pocket knives (he'll find them on top of the refrigerator where we've tried to hide them), gameboys (he lost his as a consequence eons ago, so now he steals his brothers and plays in his bed at night), candy wrappers, etc. stashed around his bed.
Aside from the lock, we've now wiped nearly every single toy out of his room (he still has wooden blocks, some puzzles and tons of books), pulled his bed away from the wall so we can easily ensure nothing is 'stashed' away and now have even installed a video camera with an infrared light so we can watch him after tucking him in.
I am dying here. He says he doesn't feel guilt or feel bad about stealing, he just feels bad that he was caught. And despite catching him in dozens and dozens of these things over the past few weeks, I have to wonder how many manipulations and lies and sneaks we haven't caught. I am at a total loss.
Will any kind of med increase help?? He currently has a mobile therapist who comes for 1 hour per week; she'll be here next Monday and I plan to discuss with her. I've also moved his next visit with his psychiatrist up, but the soonest we could get in is next month. Any advice??