I have been struggling with the decision of whether or not to put Jaysen back on medication. He did so awesome on the Risperdal, but he did have a significant weight gain, and a TD scare. When I pulled him off of the med, I vowed that I would not put him back on unless his anxiety returned to the point that it had gotten.
My dilemma is:
His anxiety is back up, but it's not due to his lack of self-regulation. It's because of the issues going on at school. Putting him back on, will help him regain focus. I hesitate, because if the district were doing their job, he should be able to handle it without medication. But in reality...they're not doing their job. I fear that 1st grad is totally a wash, and now I'm trying to lay the groundwork for 2nd grade. I also seethe at the thought that the school will take full credit at Jaysen's turnaround, and think that they don't need to provide the support he needs.
The pros: More focused, more verbal, less combative, increased cooperation, willing to participate, increased social skills...
The cons: Could make the school lazy, weight gain, potential major side effects, having to medicate him without him knowing...
I'm sure there are a bunch more, I'm just listing a few of each.
My question to all of the parents out there, whether you medicate or not- what was the deciding factor to your choice? To those parents that do medicate- what medications have you tried that were successful/unsuccessful? Has anyone gone the Risperdal route before? What kind of side effects have you encountered?
Jaysen's scare with TD on Risperdal in the past, freaked me right out.
The neurologist explained that TD doesn't manifest until the puberty years, so he was certain it was not TD (that's where Tourette came in). That's not to say that TD wouldn't surface after a few years of using the med.
But he did so well on it...
If the school were doing their part, this would be a non-issue. Jaysen's behavior at home has been fine. In school, it's a different story. He started out just being "non-compliant", which grew to refusing to do anything at all, and has turned out to be combative, with a splash of physical aggression. But they're setting him off. The teacher admittedly doesn't know how to interact with him. They're not allowing for accommodations, which raises his anxiety, and he goes into fight-or-flight. Everyone thought he was easier to manage on the med, and that didn't sit well with me. They liked the Risperdal-Jaysen. Risperdal-Jaysen is easier.
Just recently, this behavior has started to trickle into the home. I know I can handle it, but unfortunately, he's not with me for the majority of the day. He's talking to himself more, and isolating more.
Ugggggh. Why does this have to be such a difficult decision? I shouldn't feel like it's a lifetime commitment, but I do. I feel like since my child can't communicate to me what he's feeling inside, what the problems are, or how to help him, I am unable to make such a decision for him and feel certain I'm making the best choice.
My question to all of the parents out there, whether you medicate or not- what was the deciding factor to your choice?
To those parents that do medicate- what medications have you tried that were successful/unsuccessful?
Has anyone gone the Risperdal route before, long term?
What kind of side effects have you encountered?
Now excuse me while I go self medicate with a glass of wine.