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Name: Rita
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My 8 yr old son was just diagnosed with ODD, and our pediatrician recommended Risperdal. I have mixed feelings about this.....I have been doing a lot of reading on this drug and I don't like the side effects. Can any of you help me make a decision? My other concern is I feel the diagnoses was done very quickly. We (parents) filled out a questionnaire and from our answers he was diagnosed. This doesn't feel right. How were your children diagnosed?
Confused and concerned MOM.
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Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 31st, 2006 3:48 AM
I went to an adoption seminar (my daughter was 6.5 when she moved in) and the psychologist/psychiatrist talked about drug cocktails to help our kids function. I wish I knew where all the info was. Her name is Dee Paddock and she's in Denver...or was when she did the seminar. She talked about risperdal. I asked the doc to put my daughter on it based on what I learned from Ms. Paddock. The doc didn't even ask about it...it has given my daughter emotions. It has made her talk. Now she's hitting puberty - she's 12.5 - she's not as reasonable but hey...
It's a struggle and a HUGE decision...all the best. Let me know how it works out! 

Name: mar22 | Date: Nov 6th, 2006 3:23 AM
i have a 6 yr old diagnosed with adhd and possible odd, they say odd but for now they dont want it on his records. they will retest him again when hes in grade 3 to make sure. he is on resperdal and concerta. this helps with his inpuse control. he was diagnosed with paper work as well but also with a n sycheducational testing witch took a year process but you could get this privately and get results way sooner. hope this helps. 

Name: nikki30l | Date: Nov 7th, 2006 1:24 AM
my son is 9 and has been taking risperdal for overa year and it is a good scent to my family. the only thing I found is that he has put on some weight because they get hungry about an hour after taking it . good luck

Name: jamberrt | Date: Nov 7th, 2006 4:53 AM
and my daughter eats less...? 

Name: taybry | Date: Nov 7th, 2006 12:57 PM
I would suggest getting more than just your peds diagnosis. I had the school pych test and at least 2 child pychs and therapist. I hated gving my daughter meds. But it has def made a difference. 

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