Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
16 Year Old Boy Out of Control
I’ve personally always been averse to labels, even the ADD label. I know that my boy has my brain. My life is full of post-it notes and unfinished projects, but as an adult, I’ve mostly figured out ways to manage myself, including the use of great quantities of caffeine. It seemed to me that most people can ‘figure it out’ as I have done. Well, earlier this year he tried some adderall given to him by a friend and felt wonderful enough to ask me if I would take him to the dr. to see about getting some. He’s struggled his fair amount in school, largely due to his visual learning style and incredible lack of organization. He has tested as a highly gifted student, but you would never know it by his school performance.
So off we went to the doc and psychologist who promptly identified him as ADD Inattentive.
He was started on Vyvance as the doc felt good about its sustained effects as opposed to Adderall. We saw some real positive differences in his behavior, but he had the unfortunate side effect of Peripheral vasculopathy, basically a lack of circulation to his hands and sometimes feet.
About 3.5 months he started taking Straterra 25mg once daily and moved up to 60mg where he’s been for about 3 months.
We haven’t really seen any positive change in him on the Straterra, and in fact his life has been on a downward spiral since April, when he was busted with marijuana. At court in May, he was put on probation and has since been ticketed two additional times for possession and/or minor under the influence of drug and alcohol. He has become increasingly dark and angry. Has simply stopped going to his job without outright quitting. His involvement in his one remaining pro-social activity at school, the vocal music department, seems to also be coming to its end.
I will also say that although this current behavior is unlike any we have seen in him before, he has, in fact, been in trouble previously with some possession, but he seemed to want to get past it and make things right in his life. This time, he seems to just not care. It’s as if he thinks he’s in so deep that nothing he does or doesn’t do will really matter.
At this point every time the phone rings or the doorbell rings we get a pit in our gut because it’s as likely as not to be law enforcement or the school with news of a new situation.
When I say this kid has become reckless, it is an understatement. He has always been a risk-taker, but it has gotten to the point that he is willing to walk directly into the fire and dares the universe to set him aflame. No matter how many times he is caught or what consequences happen or are threatened, he continues on this path.
We’re desperately searching for the reason our once incredibly happy, life-loving kid has turned into this reckless, self-destructive person. Our daily goal has become to simply keep from blowing up his life. I want it NOT to be that he has just become ‘this person’ and that there is no way to change him. So we’ve become really open-minded in our search for understanding.
It occurred to me this morning: Is it possible that this extreme erratic behavior is a side effect of the Straterra? The timing certainly fits.
rxlist.com does list a side effect that talks about mania, grandiosity, aggression and hostility.
So with all of this back story, my question to anyone is: Have you ever heard of or had experience with this type of behavior on Straterra?
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