View Full Version : Reaching my breaking point

01-01-10, 07:48 AM
My daughter is 6 yrs old and has been going through a lot. She has been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and explosive anger disorder. She is on 3 medications one for each diagnosis lexapro for depression, tenex for ADHD, and respiradal for the anxiety and anger. Its getting harder and harder for me to deal with her anger and aggression. I have done alot of research lately about oppositional defiant disorder and all the symptoms are screaming her. At this point I don't know where to go from here, you ask for help locally and you get told to perserve and deal, you call a specialist and get put on a waiting list for 6 months to a year, I need help for her now. Does anyone have any suggestions?

01-01-10, 12:01 PM
At age six I would suggest a Play Therapist. This is someone who is trained to work with young children. The best is to find one that likes to work with ADHD and related issues and who likes to work with hard to control kids. The big key is to have a lot of parent training involved and with focus being on the therapist, parent, and child working as a team.

You can find a listing of Play Therapists here:

Good luck. There is a lot that can be done for this type of problem.


01-01-10, 12:10 PM
Hi, Welcome to the forum, I'm sorry I don't have any advice about your difficult situation. I can tell you that you have come to the right place for some much needed support.

I have a ADHD 9 y/o boy who is profoundly effected. EVERY SINGLE DAY is a huge challenge. And as a mother you get the added guilt from feeling the way we do.
Just know, you are not alone.
This is where you come and vent all the frustration. No one here will judge you. Its safe to vent all you want.
There are days when I literally just want to quit.
Take care, post often. Today is a little slow, don't give up.

01-01-10, 03:33 PM
Do you have a university or hospital with a child development center nearby? These have a team of docs that have experience with diagnosis and treatment of the more trying cases and they often offer classes on parenting challenging children.

Here is something from a quick search: They may be able to point you in a good direction.

There are too few good child psychiatrists so the wait can be a while. Get on a few lists and keep seeking other help while waiting. We were in crisis with a violent raging 8 year old. She was getting play therapy while we waited 2 monts to get into a highly recommended doc (who turned out to be wonderful).

01-03-10, 10:54 PM
Thank you for all the advice, I will use it to the fullest.

01-04-10, 12:54 PM
I would definately try to get another opinion from another MD. Especially, since you have not reached satisfactory stability with your child. That is quite a mix of medication for a six year old. It might be appropriate, but is still quite a mix. How did you get there?

One other comment, SSRI antidepressants(Lexipro), can sometimes increase anxiety and anger instead of reduce it. You might want to try to reduce that one and see what happens. Of course talk to your doctor about it, because there are withdrawal problems if you remove that medication too quickly.

Good luck with everything.