Parents of ADHD Children
Dreading the evenings
I’ve got a 7 year old who has been on concerta since he was 4. He’s extremely emotional and we’ve upped his dosage to 36mg last year along with adding 2 mg of Intuniv. Things are going reasonably well at school, with just the occasional email with the laundry list of complaints: kicked the trash can today, called a boy stupid, etc.
Our real problems are right before bed. Every night, he spends between 30 and 60 minutes screaming and crying at the top of his lungs. He’s inconsolable, irrational, and destructive. Trying to find out what’s wrong, he will say “I need a bandaid” but when offered a bandaid, he freaks out and says “No, I need Neosporin.” When Neosporin is presented, he runs away saying we are being mean to him. All of this is done at his loudest volume while he is throwing anything within reach.
Then he may say “You go away! I want dad!” so dad comes over and he runs away screaming that dad hurt him, although dad hasn’t even gotten within 5 feet. It’s like he’s insane. And I say that in the nicest way possible. Up until the freak out, he’s kind and cuddly, then it’s like a switch flips.
Anyone else out there dealt with something like this? We are at our wits end and don’t have a clue how to help him.
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