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Posted by Pat on November 09, 2000 at 14:44:53:

In Reply to: Re: ADD/Anxiety/OCD/??? posted by Mary on November 09, 2000 at 10:45:09:

Mary wrote: WHOA!!!!! First off before anyone sticks a lable on your child take him to a clinic that tests for these things and get him tested. Without an official diagnosis of any of these disorders via test results I would NEVER put my child on any medication.
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We've been going at this "diagnosis" for nearly 2 years now. One doctor says he will grow out of it and is not a candidate for medication, (2 visits). Another says to use 1-2-3 discipline, 6-8 visits). The last one, (2 years now), feels he has does show some of the ADD tendancies along with an high anxiety, OCD and Chronic Inflexibility/Explosiveness. The school simply plabels him as being ADD. Although, the school 'psych' says he doesn't fit into the ADD category.

His family doctor will only consider medicating under the current diagnosis of ADD. His school work is being affect severly. He continues to have violent confrontations with kids at school and in the neighborhood, although they are lessening and are not as severe. The family doctor suggests Ritalin. Is this simply a "safe" place for a doctor to start with medication. I was under the impression that Ritalin might agravate an anxiety disorder, and weather or not Adderal might be a better choice.

This is very complicated for me and I'm not sure I'm doing a good job of explaining our situation.

Thanks,

Pat

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