At least, that is what kiddo’s doctor told me at our last visit. He thinks the behaviors we are encountering are less impulse driven and more a result of poor judgement.
I’m hoping he’s wrong. He is switching kiddo to a newer ADHD medication despite his opinion but he is urging us to start up behavior therapy again too. The conundrum: Behavior therapy is usually a weekly endeavor. And at $25.00 each co-pay, that’s tough to manage, especially on hubby’s disability pay. Add in kiddo’s med cost ($45.00/monthly just for the ADHD med) and we get poor pretty quick. Hubby’s work actually has a free family therapy benefit but our needs are apparently beyond their ‘level of training’. 😦 I made kiddo an appointment with his behavior therapist but I’m going to have to tell him we need to limit visits to monthly, rather than weekly.
Here is what I think – Kiddo’s medication stopped effectively helping him some time ago. He’s been on the same one since mid-year of the second grade. When his med stopped helping him in the second grade, we went through much of the same things we are experiencing now. He began having a ton of trouble at school, mostly behavior related. He was getting in trouble in primary at church. And he became impossible to take anywhere, even dental appointments. We actually had 2 dentists tell us they couldn’t treat him that year. It was a super rough time. Fast forward – this time around, I think kiddo’s OCD symptoms were so severe that even though his ADHD med wasn’t effective enough anymore, his concerns about germs, grease and sticky things kept his impulsive behavior in check. Now his OCD is very much in check (we still have a bit of it trickle through now and then but not like it was) so his ADHD is taking over. He is back to getting in trouble at home (a lot of the time), a bit of trouble in public, and some trouble at school. Just general chaos. And he’s an ornery bear much of the time too :p
My hope – that switching his ADHD medication will help him control the impulses and reign himself back into a more socially acceptable level. It worked in the 2nd grade and back in Kindergarten, so I’m hoping luck will be with us this time around too. Otherwise, I’m going to see if the doc can sedate both of us, hahaha. Okay, I’m kidding… I think. 😉
Wishing you all a great day!