Depression and ADHD
Help with my 15 year old boy...sorry a bit long
My husband and I had a very disturbing night today. Our both boys have attention deficit. My 15 year old has ADD and my 11 year old has ADHD.our older son is brilliant and has an IQ of 148, he just has a photographic memory and does very well in school. He is on Vyvanse which worked like a charm ..that’s what we thought. He had a huge meltdown this evening about his coursework. He is in all AP classes and is taking more intensive courses next year. He suddenly came out and said that he was terrified and could not handle his course work. He keeps wandering away, has isolated himself, and is even scared to keep his window curtains open. He simply is not able to take care of his projects as he gets distracted very easily. He also has very depressive thoughts. This alarmed us as we thought the meds were working and he was in his room all the time, either studying or playing online with his friends. He would seldom come and join us even if we insisted. We thought it was a teenage thing. But today he said that he feels that he doesn’t deserve free time as he keeps wandering off and does not get his work done. He procrastinates a lot, he gets distracted at the slightest of things. He started using terms like he was terrified overwhelmed, pressurized to keep up with his AP courses. He puts the pressure on himself and we cannot change his mind. He now wants us to have an IEP at school as he is not able to keep up.
I am not sure what to do? Who do I contact first, his pediatrician, his teacher, psychologist etc. I think he needs to be evaluated for add and depression and am worried that things may get out of hands. We constantly tell him to take things lightly, enjoy life and hang out with his friends physically, not online. But he does none of them. He does not eat and has lost weight. I work full time and am not able to be with him all the time. Please advise me what I should do as his talk last night completely alarmed us.
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