It is a good idea to re-evaluate his medication regimen. He has been on an unusual combination of medications, and the variety and doses of psychostimulant medications he has been on is quite out of the ordinary. The doctor you recently visited was setting you on a good course. It may be wise, even though the school year has begun, to discontinue all medications and begin anew. It's hard to say at this point what is helping and what is not. The behavior you are witnessing is likely not psychotic behavior, and it can be symptomatic of both anxiety and hyperactivity. If it is related to the reduction in Zoloft, it could result from increased anxiety. One issue that should be addressed is the presence of the tic disorder and if this is associated with the large dose of stimulant medication he has been taking. The goal of weaning him off the clonazepam is sound.
What did we do before psychopharmacology? I know, we parented.
The advent of ADD or ADHD is corollary with the advent of the practice of sticking our kids in day care. In 1986, there were only about 600 known cases in the US of either of these disorders, and when Ritalin started sponsoring the research into this disorder, what do you know, tens of thousands of diagnoses sprouted up. Sounds like a conflict of interest.
If a kid is not truly ADD or ADHD and we put him on drugs, those drugs can make him more hostile and psychotic. Zoloft is a nasty drug. I repeat, Zoloft is a nasty drug and if this child isn't mellowed out by what would send you or me through the roof, guess what, he probably isn't properly diagnosed.
Further, there is a difference between having this disorder and having a lot on one's mind. What was going on in the kid's life when he was diagnosed? Were you changing jobs, homes, partners? 4 year olds experience a flux of hormones not unlike puberty, not unlike menopause. It makes them moody and cranky. I will bet that's all it was.
I had a friend who was married to a family doctor. The doctor left her with three children and major stressers. The doctor left his family essentially for another woman. The kids acted out. The dad beat them. The mother beat them, to break their spirited ways (they were religious). And then they stuck the oldest on ADD meds, KNOWING he wasn't ADD because they didn't want to deal with him. Well, he started acting psychotic, starting fires and hitting back. They basically wrote the kid off as mentally ill.
Get your kid off medication. Get involved in his life. But make sure first you witness the detox of the nasty drug you put him on and become a responsible parent. Kids aren't perfect. And in dealing with life's little imperfections that we mature. We grow up. If we learn that if life isn't perfect we pop a pill...hmm.
I fully agree with the above posting. why does ADHD seem to be more or less confined to the western world? where was it thirty years ago? it is all to simple to blame a difficult behaviour that people either dont know how to deal with or more commonly wont deal with on ADHD. I am not saying that some kids dont have some mental problems but ADHD is being more and more used for an excuse to behave badly. Parenting is an extremely difficult job and a job for which there is no training.
Well I believe ADHD is a real thing. My 6 year old nephew is so completely hyper active he does the same thing.He talks constantly about nothing in particular. If no one is listening,he talks to himself.He talks just to talk. If you take him to a store he is a mess and running and yelling and grabbing stuff of the shelves (acceptable for a 3 year old not a almost 7 year old)
He cant do his homework.He doesnt concentrate or really even try to.So,he is doing badly in school now.
He doesnt pick up after himself (I hate having him at my house because he destroys it in a matter of monents)
My sister wants to live life in denial though,there is nothing wrong with her son.Meanwhile everyone else has to suffer with the child's very annoying behavior. (exspecially me because I get stuck babysitting all the time)
I appauled you for attempting to get your son's behavior problems under control. At least you are trying.
Anyone who thinks ADHD isnt real should spend a few hours with a kid who is...you will change your mind!
wow that was the most non understanding remark i have ever hear. no emotions of an aunt at all. myself as an aunt would have love and consideration and patience. you exhibit none of these. maybe your poor sis should get another sitter since this child is nothing but a pain in your side.
Sailor, I think you are funny/awesome...however I disagree with you. She wasn't being hateful...she was just trying to point out examples of his behavior. Obv. she loves him or she wouldn't have the patient to even be around him at all...not to mention she is the one babysitting him...
Also, speaking from exp. ADD/ADHD is a real disorder. I know I have it. I got diagnosed with it when I was 18 ( and no I wasn't just trying to seak out ritalin or something like that...before someone says it). I went to the dr. not even knowing the symptoms of ADD...I was just tired of my head feeling like it was in a constant fogg, always losing things, always forgeting everything, never being able to concentrate, ect. 7 yrs later I am still on meds for it and wish my mom would of took me when I was little. Would of made not only school easier but mine and her life as well. I am not saying maybe some parents do use it as a cope out, however not everyone does. So maybe people deserve the benifit of the doubt when posting questions about there kid.