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Old 03-28-05, 07:46 PM
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Hi, my name is Lisa. I have 2 sons: 9 and 6. My 9 year old, was dx'd with severe ADHD/combined type, ODD, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. He is on Concerta 54 mg, and Ritalin 10 mg, in the afternoon. The ritalin, is to help him with homework, and dinner.

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Old 03-28-05, 08:12 PM
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Hi Lisa!! Welcome!!

Can you elaborate on Explosive disorder? What it that ? I've heard the term before, but don't really know what it is , besides the obvious.
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Hello Lisa and welcome to the forums. Glad you are here!
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Hi. Enclosed is information I found on the web, that can explain what it is.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Many psychiatric disorders are associated with impulsive aggression, but some individuals demonstrate violent outbursts of rage, which are variously referred to as rage attacks, anger attacks, episodic dyscontrol, or intermittent explosive disorder. Intermittent explosive disorder was first formally conceptualized as a psychiatric disorder.

On several occasions the patient has lost control of aggressive impulses, leading to serious assault or property destruction.

The aggression is markedly out of proportion to the seriousness of any social or psychological stressors.

No other mental disorder or personality disorder better explains the symptoms.

These symptoms are not directly caused by a general medical condition or substance use, including medications and drugs of abuse.

Associated Features:
Head Trauma
Psychotic Disorder


Differential Diagnosis:

Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms. The clinician, therefore, in his/her diagnostic attempt has to differentiate against the following disorders which need to be ruled out to establish a precise diagnosis.

Alzheimer's Disease
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder


Cause:

Although the prevalence of intermittent explosive disorder is unknown and considered to be rare, the disorder is probably more common than realized and may be an important cause of violent behavior. As presently defined, intermittent explosive disorder is more common in men. However, women also have problematic impulsive aggression, and some women have reported an increase in intermittent explosive symptoms when they are premenstrual.

Treatment:

These patients often need psychological treatment along with medication treatment, and it is often very helpful to base their psychological treatment on addiction-based models.

Counseling and Psychotherapy [ See Therapy Section ]:
Biofeedback has proven quite effective

Pharmacotherapy [ See Psychopharmacology Section ] :

Studies suggestthat patients with intermittent explosive disorders respond to treatment with antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) and mood stabilizers such as lithium, carbamazepine, and divalproex. Psychotropic medications used with Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
Carbamazepine (Tegretol and others).Divalproex (Depakote).Fluoxetine (Prozac).
Gabapentin (Neurontin).
Lamotrigine (Lamictal).
P henytoin (Dilantin).
Sertraline (Zoloft).
Venlafaxine (Effexor).


He's very impulsive. He is very touchy, rages, hits, throws things, yells, screams...(((sigh))) very difficult to deal with, when he gets like that.

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Thank you for the links and the info. I hope you find what you need here, don't be afraid to ask.
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Thanks, witsend, and everyone who replyed for the warm welcome. Witsend, you are welcome for the links, and info.

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Check out the Chit-Chat section when you feel like you need a laugh or a break from reality!! Ther's some fun games & even funnier stories there!!
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Opinion please, my 9 year old, is on concerta and Ritalin. He has always been on the thin side, for his age, but with being on the medication, he isn't gaining any weight, Actually, he isn't gaining and has lost a few pounds. He eats well, but I am wondering if the meds, are causing his growth to stunt. We've been tweaking his meds, but he needs the 54 mg, to help with the ADHD symptoms, and ritalin, to help with dinner and homework. Has anyone else had this problem, and what did they do? We've tried supplement drinks (he didn't like the taste), carnation instant breakfast drinks, power bars, ice-cream, bacon, waffles, pastas, eggs. We're wondering if we should d/c the meds, as I've read that some kids grow, after being take off the meds. Any suggestions or opinions, would be appreciated.

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I can't speak from expir. , my son wouldn't even take his. But a friend of mine, her boy was taking ADHD meds.& was a little on the chunky side. He then started too lose weight, even though he told his mom that he was eating all his food. She later found food hidden in his desk, trashcan, etc... I would check around to make sure that he is eating what he says he is, not to mention if there is food stuffed in places you'll want to find it!
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Witsend, thanks for the info. I'll have to check out, the chit-chat section. I need a break and laugh, from reality. Thnanks! Lisa
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Greetings! Pleased to meet you.
I have a 13 yo boy, who is a fairly typical teenager, if a bit dreamy. He can be somewhat unreasonable at times in odd age inappropriate ways, but I think he may take after me. I am ADD-inattentive, and have trouble recognising different behavior because he is just like me at that age!
How does your 6 yo handle his brothers differences?
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Hi, white raven. Pleased to meet you, as well. My 6 year old, can usually tell when his brother is raging, or hyper. I try to separate them, when my 9 year old, gets like that, so that he doesn't take it out on him. It's hard on our 6 year old, because he'll lash out verbally or aggressively, when he is angry, and we try to tell the 6 year old, that he doesn't mean what he is saying, but it hurts when he says that he hates him, or wishes that he were the only child, or becomes aggressive with him, if he becomes angry or frustrated.

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