Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
My situation is unique or maybe it its not. My son was diagnosed with ADD 2 years ago and then started getting bullied and eventually tried to commit suicide. At that point the doctors said it was not ADD but depression. I home schooled him at the end of the school year and while he was having problems emotionally, I knew he had ADHD. We open enrolled him in a new school with just taking Celexa. He keeps falling asleep in the morning classes and no matter what we did, he could not stay awake. While the doctors did not want to put him on any other medication, my son kept saying he did not like how Concerta made him feel. He lost SO much weight and has gained all of that back and then some (Concerta and depression). They recently changed his anti-depressants to Zoloft. He used to be a straight A student and now its a struggle to get him to pass. New school, middle school, lockers, changing classes, anxiety (he was on medication for that but that made him sleep more), he loses things, doesn’t turn them in, morning he sleeps, then he is a tornado. He has said he can’t do this anymore and needs help. We have an appointment Tuesday. I would like to know what other medications works. I have read that Wellbutrin works well for ADHD and depressions but I don’t know if they will put him on that. The concern of losing weight or being on TOO much really upsets me. He is 13 years old and only weighs 86 lbs. He is 5’ 2” so he isn’t a big kid. Just looking for some recommendations.
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