Anthony was taken off of all ADHD medications before the Christmas break. He had developed an eye twitch. He was off of the medication at the time of the meeting and wasn't having any acting out behavior problems. His problems with completing the work existed both before and after he was off of ADHD medication. This made me question if he is in fact ADHD. It is not unusual for children with bipolar to be first diagnosed with ADHD and after years of struggling to get it under control realize that ADHD is not the problem. Often children have both as well.
I went to the psychiatrist. He wanted to wean him off the mood disorder medication and put him on anxiety medication. I was against this. I know how much his behavior has improved once he was put on the medication. However, I agreed to do it. I think that so many people find it hard to believe that children have bipolar.
Anxiety medication did nothing. Not a thing.
ADHD medications were reintroduced. Both of his teachers can't tell me if it makes a difference or not. It was a hard time, we had snow days and a lot of days out of school. Still, you would think that there would be a definite difference on the medication. Both teachers couldn't tell the difference.
Off of mood disorder medication, oh my! Both teachers say that he is more animated which they like. However, it is inappropriate. He got a write up from the principal which he hasn't had since going on the mood disorder medication. (He had numerous prior to the medication.) At home it has been terrible. So much anger, slamming doors, inappropriate behaviors. We went back to the doctor and he was put back on a mood disorder medication and taken off the anxiety medication..
We were trying to hold off on adding the mood disorder medication back until we had a better idea of whether the ADHD medication made a difference. However, his behavior at home was deteriorating so quickly. One day he threw a pencil at my moms assistant because he couldn't find lead for it. The next day I put him back on his medication.
We have learned some things. Anthony does not have anxiety that needs to be medicated. Anthony does have a mood disorder (and we are praying that his medication kicks in soon!). Anthony may or may not have ADHD. Anthony has a great ability to distract himself when he does not like a task. When he does like the task he is able to concentrate on it and do it within an appropriate amount of time. This goes all across the board, not just school; he spends hours doing a single load of dishes.
What I need answers for: does he have ADHD and does he have more of a learning disability than we currently know about, he gets help with math. To help me answer those question I have asked his doctor for a referral to the neurobehaviorist who has evaluated him over the years. His school says that he is up for evaluation for his IEP so they will be evaluating him as well. However, we always like to get our own evaluation done.
I will give an example of
Anthony has always struggled with math and receives services for this. His reading is on grade level but it is reading comprehension is where he is avoiding. I don't know if it is too hard for him or he just isn't wiling to try because he has to work at it at a normal level. One homework assignment that he has weekly is where he had to read an article and answer the questions to a crossword puzzle. The answers are all within the article. The other day he came to me to ask me for an answer to one of the crossword puzzle questions. I asked him if he had read the article. He said no. Very calmly I told him to go and read the article first. This caused him to storm upstairs and slam a lot of doors. It made him so angry that I would tell him to read the article. Every week we go through this. He does not want to read the article, he wants to scan it for the question and try to pick out the answer. He spends hours scanning for the words to the question and then doesn't want to read what comes before it to get the answer.
He does everything to avoid reading the article. He wants a trick to get the answer without having to read it. There was a time when he would find ways to get answers from everyone in the house. Sarah would help him with one. I would help him with one, John would help him with one, my moms aid would help him with one....not realizing that he was going to everyone to get one problem answered. When I realized what he was doing I told everyone that they weren't allowed to give him any answers. You could imagine the anger from him once that was stopped.
I have had him read me the article. He is able to read it. That is not a problem. I don't understand it. He will literally spend hours trying to get around doing work that he appears to have the ability to do.
On Thursday I told him that he couldn't go to dance unless his homework was finished. When it was time to go to dance he was heading for the door when I told him that he couldn't go because his work wasn't done. He didn't believe that I would stick with it. I dropped the girls off at dance and came home. I told him that if he finished his homework then he would have time to make it to hip hop. Amazingly he finished his spelling contract and made it to hip hop. He NEVER finishes his spelling contract. He will work on it until bedtime and then go to school where he misses recess, every week.
It is not just homework, he doesn't finish work in class. He doesn't finish tests.
At home he takes hours to do a chore. It can take him days to clean his room even when it has been broken down for him. If he doesn't want to do a task he avoids it at all costs. It is this avoiding that makes his teachers think it is ADHD. However, he does this even on ADHD medication so I don't think so.
Is this an ODD thing? A passive aggressive thing? I don't know because the only person he is hurting is himself. I have learned how to make it his problem, not mine. My husband used to get so mad when he would do dishes for hours. I finally got him to just accept and simply say that he is missing out on play time. Anthony misses out on a lot of things because of his delaying tactics. He misses trips to Sonic and other places. He misses out on A LOT of play time. I don't know if he thinks that I will break down and tell him to forget it. I guess I do when it is bedtime, I send him to bed. But this morning he got to wake up to breakfast and his unfinished dishes. He just spent 3 hours doing one load of dishes this morning.
Anyone have a kid with his level of delaying tactics?
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