Sorry but more questions about diagnosis

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sorry but more questions about diagnosis
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Tue, 06-24-2003 - 10:51am
First, thank you all for your responses about where your child gets his/her meds. I called back the psychologist we were referred to and our family doctor to help get things straightened out. I think I'm starting to understand, but I'm not sure what to do now. Our family doctor doesn't like that DS has been seeing a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He said that because she is not a psychologist with a PhD that she could not possibly have done the proper testing to diagnose ADHD since she is not licensed to do so. Basically all visits with her have been interview type. The only real assessment has been through the social worker at his school for a BASC. Our family doctor suggested DS make the appointment with the PhD psychologist and the psychiatrist in his office. Even though the psychiatrist is booked until November, he thinks the psychologist would take that long before recommending medication. Now, I could also make an appointment with a psychiatrist that I did find who has availability mid July. Our family doctor feels that DS hasn't had enough testing and a psychiatrist wouldn't prescribe meds without more evaluation. What do all think? I'm not a crazy mom just trying to push meds, but I feel really optimistic this may help us and the thought of months of waiting really discourages me.

Sorry for all these questions...I'm just confused as to the route to go.

Thanks,

Laura

Laura, mom to B & E
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 9:14am
If you can get into a July appointment with a psychiatrist, I'd do it. EVEN if that psychiatrist does more of his/her own testing (which they most likely will), it may benefit you sooner than November. What I would do, is go to the psych. appt. in July. AND keep the other one for November. More than one opinion is better anyway. And even if you begin meds before November, the November appt can be a second opinion if you'd still like to have it. We saw a pscyhologist, a behavioral pediatrician, AND a child neurologist. ALL three did their own forms of testing and all three found my son to be ADHD..and that made me feel better. I felt better knowing I didn't just take one person's word for it. Because although I knew myself, that he fit the mold, I didn't like the idea of medication and all three doctors helped me to feel i wasn't just making this decision on a whim. Your child is gold. You should get more than one opinion if you need it. From now until July, however you need to work extra hard with your child and set up a chart for rewarding him/her when good behavior occurs. It's important before diagnosis and after. That child has something he or she likes, and if you set up a way to reward, your child will have something to try for. Even if he makes mistakes along the way, it's something to help you out along the way.