New here, son newly dx'd - Question!

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New here, son newly dx'd - Question!
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 5:54pm

Hello everyone! New to this board. I'm going to make this quick! :-)

My 8 year old was just dx'd by a psychiatrist as follows:
AXIS I: ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, possible Aspergers dx
AXIS II: nonverbal learning disability
AXIS III: no dx
AXIS IV: school, peers
AXIS V: 50
Then it goes on to say under "Plan/recommendations"
He has aspects of PDD with may meet criteria for Aspergers disorder.
There's more, but probably not too interesting.

So we are seeing a counselor, he will be joining a social group, and his school is doing an eval to determine the need for an IEP or 504, and therapy for fine motor skills.

The counselor suggested trying L-Tryptophan to help him go to sleep and anxiety (his anxiety is especially severe at night), L-Tyrosine for attention problems, and fish oil.

I've tried the L-tryptophan a few times and do think it helped him go to sleep and possibly helped ease his anxiety (not sure yet). BUT, he complained twice of having pain in his chest, not near his heart. Of course this concerned me. I searched and found a side effect can be heart burn.

Now my question, anyone have any experience with L-Tryptophan and L-Tyrosine? How about FocusFizz? Also, the psych. recommended Citalopram for anxiety . . anyone have experience with this with a child?

Thank you!! I attached a picture of my Benjamin, with his little brother. He's such a sweet boy! I need help!!!
Many thanks.
Molly

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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 6:18pm

Hi Andrea, thanks for your reply and warm welcome. Glad to hear you aren't seeing any side effects with celexa. I'm trying to gather as much been-there-done-that advice I can. I'm really leaning toward trying it as I think it will help him so much. I'm going to try the melatonin too, seems to be widely used.

Thanks, and I'm sure I'll be having a ton of questions.

Molly

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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 6:14pm

Hi and thanks for replying. Does your son have any side effects or anything else undesirable with the Paxil? I'm just so nervous about trying a drug and having him turn into a zombie or become depressed.

Thanks!
Molly

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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 6:12pm

Hi Heather, thanks for replying. I had someone else tell me about melatonin - I think I will try it before I do the tryptophan again.

I'm just so scared to try the drugs - I'm going to give the Focus Fizz a try for a while and see what happens. If you ever determine if the Zoloft is working for your son, let us know.

Thanks for the warm welcome!
Molly

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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 9:30am

Welcome to the board!

My DS takes Celexa for anxiety and it has helped immensely. School used to send him through the roof anxiety-wise, but he's been doing well for a while now. He's had no side effects from it that I"ve noticed.

I don't have experience with the other supplements. We have used melatonin in the past for sleep issues but have moved on to medication use for it since his ADD med was causing severe side effects that way. He was having a rebound from it.

Hope the board is able to meet your needs. Feel free to post, share, vent, and generally make yourself at home. We're a pretty accepting bunch.

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 7:35pm

Hello.

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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 6:32pm

Hi and welcome.