Who prescribes your child's meds?
I ask because my 7-year-old has finally gotten a official diagnosis of ADHD (I have known this was coming for many years) and his psychologist has recommended meds. She said that the protocol is for her to write a letter with her diagnosis, evaluation and findings to the child's pediatrician and has the pediatrician prescribe the meds while she monitors behavior. That was Friday, today I called his pediatrician and he wanted nothing to do with meds and said we would have to change to a child psychiatrist. I'm really frustrated because (1) now we're back to square one after months of therapy (2) the only child psychiatrists in the area are booked until November and I really wanted a trial of meds to be done before school starts 8/5 (3) He made is seem like a psychologist has little credibility in diagnosisng ADHD, so why did he refer us there is the first place?. If the meds don't work or make his behavior worse, I don't want it to happen while he's adjusting to school starting.
I'm planning on calling another psychologist in the area because the nurse at the pediatrician's office told me that as far as she knows he prescribes meds, when appropriate, through the psychiatrist in the office (he's the one booked until November, but the psychologist is open next week)
Sorry my question got so long. I hope it made sense. Oh, one more thing. We did a trial of caffeine to see how he would react since he gets no caffeine in his diet (hates soda and rarely eats chocolate) and he was wonderful. He was actually pleasant to be around. I'm really optimistic meds would help him.