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Posted by Sheila on September 07, 2000 at 14:16:34:

In Reply to: I don't know how to feel posted by JenD on September 06, 2000 at 22:20:07:

: I am new to this message board, and for some reason I was very hesitant to write anything. I have two little boys ages 6 and 7 who were diagnosed with PDD and autism. They are both extremely hyperactive and not very nice. My mother is helping to raise them and she claims she enjoys them, but I simply can't understand how anyone can enjoy them when their behavior is so horrible. We've tried Ritalin, Dexedrine and now Adderal ( I know I didn't spell the medications correctly) to no avail. They are always screaming and jumping and fighting and biting and generally they just depress me very badly. I feel very bad when other people talk about their children and how well they're doing or what cute thing they said because I can't join in. I just try to stay quiet and hope no one asks about my boys. I feel horrible for feeling so ashamed of them, but I just can't help it. I am very sad and I don't know what to do, any advice on how to deal with this?

When reading your message,I thought how horriable I felt about my youngest son 3 years ago.He wouldnt sleep & socially was a complete disaster for our family.Our other 3 kids all resented the fact that "he" had ruined their lives! We finally took our son age 5 to a child developmental doctor who recommended the medication Risperdal.It has changed our lives.On the medication he has a better tolerance for anger.He still flew off the handle,but much less.Also he started paying attention to his surroundings.He still has anger outburst but he has calmed down so much .If he misses his dosage he starts up again & my ability to cope goes down.I hope this helps,I honestely feel my son would not be able to live at home without this medication.Good luck

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