This is SO how I feel right now. I have been struggling with my 3 1/2 yr old son's behavior. I finally decided to talk to his doctor, who referred him to a behavioral health clinic. We had an intake with a therapist who said he is probably ADHD/ODD, but she wouldn't be his therapist. He was assigned to someone else. What the what?! He's only 3! She asked if we wanted medication and we said that would be a last resort and we really wanted behavioral/family therapy. She told us our next an appointment would be with a psychiatrist.
Fast forward to the appointment. It was by tele-med. Which means he wasn't on-site, but was using a video system to meet with us. I figured he was at another clinic in the state. Nope. He was in Thailand. Yes, you read that right. He asked us a few questions about Jaxon's behavior and then told us that Tenex would be what he would prescribe. What? Medication? I asked him how that would help and he said it would slow him down, it also slows down the heart. It's a blood pressure medicine. No one has even had therapy sessions with him to see if behavioral therapy would work. We told him we were not interested in medication at this time and he them proceeded to treat us like we wasted his time. THEN, at the front desk they said if we didn't have a follow-up with the psychiatrist, we would need to call for an appointment. Uhm, I thought we had been assigned a therapist at the initial consultation. SO UPSET.
Anyway, just needed to vent. If you need me, look in the fort. Bring your own crayons.
Thanks for stopping by (and listening to my rant),
P.S. Don't get me wrong. I am not anti-medicine. I just want to try everything else there might be to help my son before I put him on a medicine designed for adults. If that includes therapy, diet, a new school. Whatever it takes. If that doesn't work, and he is older with the same behaviors, then I would consider medication. Any suggestions?