Anxiety Question

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Anxiety Question
Mon, 04-21-2003 - 10:35am
My son Quentin was dx with ADHD about 6 months ago, we tried Aderrall, 10mg, and it was great for about 3 months than we started noticing that he could not sleep and was worried about everything,not sleeping and was picking his fingers nails and toe nails until they bleed.(sorry if this is a repeat) We let this go and tried to get him to stop for about 6 weeks but it just got worse. We cut back the Aderrall and he began bouncing off the walls again, still picking and worring too. Last week was Spring break and we stopped the Aderall all together per his ped. so that we could see if it is the meds. that is causing the anxiety. He is sleeping now and not worring as much, but he is WILD. The impulsiveness is back he acts and reacts to things with out thinking, and suddenly my mild mannered child is back-talking and seeing just how far he can push, repeadetly doing things that he know not to do when I asked him why he does it he says "I didnt know, I forgot" Sometimes I really think that he does forget that we have told him repedetly not to do something and he does it with out thinking and is then like *uh oh* I know this is normal to an extent and part of being *6 going on 16* but I am going crazy.

The nail picking has stopped unless he gets nervous, or upset,or if he gets in trouble. EX. last night we had a bad storm blow through and and it had him really nervous,we had to finally put golves on him to get him to stop picking and told him to play with a string that I had attached to the glove. This worked until he went to bed and some time during the night he must have taken the gloves off in his sleep and picked his fingers in his sleep! This norning he did not even realize he had done it. I feel so sorry for him, I dont know what else to do and I feel like other people look at me like I am making up excuses when his hands look like that, or he is bouncing off the walls, or falling asleep at school because he doesnt sleep at night. The looks that some people give are awfull, like its my fault and I am a horrible parent.

I know that my case is not as extreme as some, I just am so frustrated and I fell like I should be doing more, but I dont know what.

We start Straterra today, I hope we see results soon. Our ped said that he should sleep better with this and it should not cause anxiety, howeverif his anxiety continues we will need to see a child phycologist. Do they really help, and what do they do that the Ped. cant do for children? How do meetings typically go?

Anxiety runs heavily on my moms side of the family and VERY HEAVILY on my husbands,just about every mood disorder you can imagine is in my husbands family. Depression, pschysophrenia(SP?), bi polar, etc. My hubby has anxiety and is on meds to regulate his seretonin levels because of depression. DH father is bi-polar (dx) so I will not be surprized if we do need to go this route. I was just surprized that they can send a child so young to a pschologist.

Any input would be wonderful and very appreciated. It has been 6 months since the dx and I am still overwhelmed, given our family history(especially on the dh side) I have to wonder where this is going to take us.

Sorry this is so long, thanks for listening.


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 04-21-2003 - 1:18pm

My son is almost 5 and we went through the picking fingers and toes thing too. He would also bite his nails. Biting nails is something I never did and it drove me nuts.

Strangely, when he stopped preschool and is now home with me, all the picking and nail biting has stopped.

Initially, I thought it was caused by the ritalin, but I guess it's stress and anxiety. He is still a chronic worrier, but I can live with that for the time being.

I am BP and have a huge mood disorder family tree, and Jamie swings from pillar to post from sad to delusional, to normal sometimes all in one day. He also has major sleep issues.

He is being evaluated...well we are all pretty much convinced he has BP and ADHD and we are waiting for a medication specialist to evaluate what he should be taking. Right now he's on Ritalin SR and rispirdol and it ain't working if you know what I mean.

So anyway, I understand your frustrations.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-21-2003 - 2:31pm
((((Shaun)))) First off, my son did have some anxiety issues when he began ritalin. Mainly it made his fear of bees ten time worse than when he was off it. That seems to have dissipated a lot, but in general i think some kids with ADHD can also tend towards anxiety. You say you have it in your family (as do i) and if that's the case all you can do is be patient and see how the Strattera works. Definitely do get an appt with a pscyh. person. A psychiatrist can prescribe, a psychologist cannot but EITHER one will be of use.They can do many things. One of which is help YOU as the parent, with ideas, and ways of coping. They can help your child--with coping skills also. Please make the appt. They certainly have more to offer than a pediatrician in this respect. Keep in touch and let us know how things go!