ADHD in Boys
Took my son off his meds for anger issues
New to forum and slightly desperate, glad to have found my way here!
My son just turned 13. He was diagnosed with moderate to severe ADHD at the age of 5 1/2. We elected to go the medication route and he was put on Concerta. The dosage was upped approximately every 3-6 months until he stabled out at 72 milligrams. He’s been on 72 milligrams for about 6 years now. About 3-6 months ago, he started having anger management issues and becoming depressed and withdrawn. Disrespect to teachers at school, at home, etc… It’s been progressively getting worse. After talking to his doctor and researching side effects, we elected to take him off his meds. The doctor, his counselor, and my husband and I believed the meds and hitting puberty were a big contributing factor to his anger issues.
He’s been off the meds since last Friday. He’s a different boy! He’s happy, he smiles all the time, he dances around the house, he gets over conflict almost immediately. BUT, he’s almost out-of-control-hyper. He is off the wall! We’re worried about when he goes back to school (he was suspended due to his smart mouth). My son is SCARED about going back. He said 1) if I can’t police myself around those who love me, what’s it going to be like when I can’t police myself at school where no one loves me, and 2) he doesn’t feel smart anymore. (He’s gifted).
We know his body needs to get used to not being on the medication anymore. He has all that seratonin and dopamine running through his body now that the meds aren’t inhibiting them. We’re NOT willing to do meds again as all of them have a possible side effect of anger and depression plus HE doesn’t want back on them. He said he likes being happy and smiling again.
Thoughts on alternative treatments? Thoughts on the school system? I’m a former social worker so I’m familiar with behavior mod and whatnot but it’s a different story when it’s your own kid, lol.
The school is being pretty accomodating right now. They’re willing to let him doodle/have a stress ball to keep his hands occupied, they’re willing to let him leave class to talk to the guidance counselor if he gets too frustrated. But what I’m searching for is ways to help him focus, ways to help HIM recognize when he needs to take a step back.
Thanks in advance!
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