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Name: synthiastokes
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Has anyone out there had to have their child hospitalized for the rage episodes that accompany ADHD/ODD/possible early onset bipolar? My 5 year old son was hospitalized in a psyc hospital today to try to find the best medicine and dosage to help him. He will probably be there 7 days. He has been on Daytrana patch and Risperdal, but in the past couple of weeks his rages have intensified and gotten more frequent. We now have a safety issue, as he runs out of the house and down the street when he is in a rage, in addition to the hitting, kicking and all else. He is just a baby and it broke my heart to leave him. I wonder what the future holds for him and our family.
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Name: mar22 | Date: Nov 9th, 2006 5:40 AM
yes just last october i had delt with this and my son is now six. he was taking dexedrine at the time. he is now on concerta 36mg and risperdal. he stayed in the hospital for three days i felt horrible. i had a cics worker and she help get resources in place before my son came back.we work with an organization that has a behaviouralist and an emergency pager. he comes to our home and help us deal with these episodes. this behaviouralit has been wonderful my son no longer has proplems at school, his social skills have matured, and hes coming around. he can play with friends without hitting, he also attended a summer camp through this organizeation it was great. your son sounds alot like mine very impulsive if my son didnt get what he wanted he would flip and look out because he didnt care at the time that he hurt you or through chairs or what have you it was when he calmed down he felt bad about it. now that part is getting less. his future will be great dont give up on him. patience and consistacy, the broken record technique does work eventually. their are techniques i have learned through this agency and its been wonderful i get funding through learning dicibiliteis to pay for this . you should look into getting him in to social skills group and see if their are behavour prgrams in your area. Beavers would be great for him,my son loves lego, it took me a long time to find something he liked but lego is his thing also scince things like building valcanoes and playing with dinky cars. do you have any programs in place to help? 

Name: mar22 | Date: Nov 9th, 2006 5:44 AM
oh i forgot to tell you when my son was in hospital they did not switch his meds till he was sent home, i was so mad because wouldnt it make sense to monitor him on the meds in the hospital. beware of this be adimit about doing the change over in the hospital, also my son was an angel at the hospital, go figure they know when to put the show on sometimes. so you may need to be pusistant on treatment dont give up or let them push you around moms know best. 

Name: billy22 | Date: Nov 9th, 2006 9:15 PM
I am so sorry! That must be so gard for you. My child's rages calmed way down after I decided to take him off of his meds for the summer(Concerta). We haven't medicated him June and seems to be having a lot of improvent in behavior, FAR from perfect, but better. SOme of this might be contributed to him being 12 and hitting some pre-puberty stuff, so we'll see. You are in my thoughts and prayers......things will get better. An dI agree with MAR22, encourage them to do a med change while he is in the hospital. Take care:) 

Name: gcn30 | Date: Nov 18th, 2006 10:17 PM
Be careful because your son's rage may actaully be caused by the medications, stimulants can cause pyschosis and agression, my recommendation is that you stop giving your child powerful drugs because there is no evidence that anything is physically wrong with him (other than that which is caused by the medications unless he has a real underlying disease, the kind that have physical markers ) and there is a lot of evidence that they're dangerous and cause serious side effects and even death in some cases. There have even been a lot of cases of homicides commited by people on such stimulant meds. 

Name: taybry | Date: Nov 18th, 2006 11:56 PM
I have had enough of the stimulent meds, my daughter has tried concerta, metadate and the daytrana patch. She doesn't sleep well, she is more aggressive and irritable and her sense of humor and her positive personality traits are all but gone when she is on her meds. She lost 5 lbs in less than month. I have decided to try fish oil and vitemans along with diet changes and lots of sleep at night. I'm really hoping it will help. 

Name: billy22 | Date: Nov 21st, 2006 12:20 AM
taybry~ sounds exactly like the experiences I was having with my son on all the different meds we tried. I was patient with the doctor(psychiatrist) and I couldn't take it any more. i would rather have my WOUND UP kid who needs extra help with some focus than my tired, not hungry, miserably sad and irrtable kid. i'm with you! Let's try something natural...it's what they did in the old days right? :) 

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