marisuela wrote: "It's possible that his anxiety could be a result of his ADD symptoms, and will go away with proper ADD treatment."
In my layman's opinion, Vyvanse will lessen your son's anxiety if not eliminate it entirely. Vyvanse should help your son sleep better too, if sleep is problem.
I visited my psychiatrist today. I have had an excellent relationship with him for a few years now. Each visit I ask him about some of the neurological topics I've been studying to get his thinking on the matter.
Today's topic was "Is ADHD primarily a thought processing disorder?" My doctor replied, "Yes," and added "all cognitive functions can be affected."
I said, "I experience mental gridlock (read "thought paralyses") from being unable to process too many thoughts "cluttering" my working memory. Then added, "I feel that my problems with depression and anxiety are my reactions to ADHD."
Doctor disagreed. He explained my anxiety and depression symptoms responded to antidepressants that I no longer need and are currently being controlled nicely by Adderall.
Do not fear a second med if your doctor feels it necessary. Medications are NOT a life sentence because the disorder is being medically managed at your son's young age. The medications will enable your son to rewire the problem areas in the brain's signal neurotransmission paths.
Let's take a look-see at some of "caffman's" sage advice.
You responded, "Yes! We DID uncover his diagnosis, which is called "Cluttering" and ADHD IS a symptom. I unrelentlessly pursued other testing to find the root cause; now, hopefully, with the Vyvanse and proper education techniques that help his uniqueness, he'll soar. The school had a problem even putting him into special education because his test scores are so high LOL He's a smart"
Vyvanse should stimulate dopamine/norepinephrine transmission up to normal levels. Now your son can be taught how to compose a written document - ADHD style / psycho-ed
This works for me: I do what I call a memory dump. First, though, I got to load stuff in memory to dump. I carefully read the all replies you got so far. BTW, everyone has good stuff to offer. I don't want repeat what you got, I want to add, if possible.
My brain: marisuela, caffman, Angela21Niner (I was pilot
) visit with shrink, stuff we talked about today, stuff I know from reading you, stuff coming out of my ears, I just dump it uncritically, unorganized, unsequenced in notepad. Then pick and choose. Hmn, let's see - this entire section get's deleted - not relevant, build on the good points posted.
I'll be danged. I think it readable, I'll post it, do final edit it, submit.
You are absolutely the best teacher I've every encountered. I'm talking about how you use leading questions to help your son learn to think.
I'm going to put a play. Verucalise played by Bob.
Verucalise's son played by Bob.
Verucalise, "boy, what do you want to write about?"
Verucalise, "what about airplanes?"
Boy, "how they fly"
Verucalise, "how do they fly?"
Boy, "a very smart Italian boy named "Bernoulli" (Bob is 1/2 I-talian) figured out if air is moving faster over the top of a wing than underneath, the wing goes up."
Verucalise, "how do they get air to move faster over the top?"
Boy, "Mom, get real. The shortest path anywhere is a straight line. The bottom of the wing is a straight line, the top is big huge curve - the long way around. Air molecules gotta more faster over the top to meet up with their little buddies that took the bottom short cut."
Verucalise, "Boy, let's get what you just said on paper?" You'll be the "Ace" of flying reports."
Boy, "I'm so smart. I can't wait for school tomorrow."
Verucalise, "Boy, you are smart. Hmn, ain't anxious no more either."
I know you Verucalise. I know you get it. You be your boy's ADHD coach. He'll rule. Kick some serious butt. That's guy talk for "confident." Smack him when he get's cocky.