Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
Too Many Meds or The Wrong Ones?
I have never discussed our daughter’s problems with any one but family and medical professionals, so I am not very good at this, SORRY.
Our 14 year old has been on some sort of ADHD medication since second grade and now a depression medication and I am really wondering if it is helping at all.
She takes 60 mg of Strattera, 70 mg of Vyvanse and 80 mg of Prozac every morning. During this past school year she was taking 10 mg of Adderall at lunch. No need for them during the summer, in my opinion, because she has no homework.
She was first placed on meds by her pediatrician and was in counseling. We have since seen 3 or 4 counselors and she is seeing a psychiatrist at a Mental Health Center. I am at my wits end because counseling has not helped (she won’t talk to them) and she seems to be getting worse but the doctor is so busy at 3 locations she only sees him every 3 months and getting in to see him any other time is not going to happen.
She has been caught stealing numerous times (from stores, school and even family), she lies non-stop about everything, she could care less about school and grades (constant fight to do homework every night), she picks at her skin (head to toe and everywhere in between), and she is constantly sneaking food (we find empty wrappers everywhere, and finger marks in certain foods).
She has had an in school and an out of school suspension, she has no friends and she could care less about her appearance (we have to remind her to brush her teeth, shower, wash her hair/body and wear deodorant). She would rather hibernate in her room or in front of the T.V. no matter what the rest of the family is doing. Trying to get her to help around the house is a constant fight.
I have tried doing checklists—didn’t work, rewarding good behavior—didn’t work, taking away all electronics—didn’t work, taking away all sports—didn’t work, and I have even went so far as having the teachers sign an assignment book so that we would know that she had all her homework—didn’t work (because she wouldn’t have them sign it). You name it I think I have tried it in the past 7 years.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear them. I don’t know how much longer my sanity is going to last!!!
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