Does my son need an anti-anx. med @ 7 yo

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Does my son need an anti-anx. med @ 7 yo
Tue, 07-28-2009 - 4:37pm

Tomorrow we are going to discuss our 7 yr. old's sensory problems with a Dr. and I am just wondering if he would recommend an anti-anxiety medication?

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 07-28-2009 - 9:55pm

Hello. I am sorry I don't know much about meds. and sensory issues. I think there is a time when meds need to be considered if the child is having a hard time functioning and it isn't getting any better with therapy. Don't ever feel bad for considering meds. As much as I would hate to see my little guy on meds...if he needs them when we get to kindy...we will do them.

My son has sound sensitivities as well. He gets upset when his baby brother crys...or if people are talking too much. He screams and yells for everyone to stop and walks around with his hands over his ears. I just found a website with earphones....we are thinking about ordering some for Gabe.

I find sensory issues can change in degree from time to time...or even second to second. One minute a sound may not bother Gabe...but three seconds later he is screaming on the floor about it.

I am sure some of the little sister thing is just that...she is the little sister...but I can also imagine that he gets so frustrated because his brain doesn't know how to filter sounds...and that why he lashes out.

Have you ever heard of the listening program? That may be something you can talk to the dr. about.

Good luck tomorrow...please let us know how it goes....

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Wed, 07-29-2009 - 5:32pm

My children have been on meds since thye were 5 for focusing and at 7 for anxiety. The purpose of any medication is to help them function. If he is so overwhelmed by his anxiety that he cannot walk into a store or interct appropritely with people it may be a worthwhile thing to try. Also the purpose of any medication is to help them deal with their issues, so that they can learn through therapy how to deal with how they feel. Now that being said, My chidren are in their late teens and are on anti-anxiety meds and probably will be for life. Someitmes it is an outgrowth fo this disability and we need to deal with that. Temple Grandin talks about how the anti-anxiety meds basically helped her function and added something wonderful to her lfe that she had been missing. She actually called the meds a God Send, (I believe).

Now, if you choose to put him on medication the trick is to go very very slowly and monitor his reaction. You want to give him the least amt that will help him function. It is not the type of med that you hear about where people are doped up and can't function. If something like that happens its either the wrong med or the wrong dose. Also not every SSRI helps every child. Unfortunately this is a play it by ear scenerio and you may have to try different medications inorder to find one that works well with your child.

I know the issue of meds is so hard. I can't tell you what to do, but I can tell you that meds have made a huge difference for my children.

Oh, one more thing, very important. Meds are the facilitator of therapy. It calms them down and focuses them inorder that they can learn and function in therapy. Make sure that

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 08-03-2009 - 11:18pm
Which meds for focus and which for anxiety? That is our story too ...for us, zoloft has been a life-saver! Still working on the focus and finding the right stuff.

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 1:13pm

I could have written your post!