Hi! I am a mother of a 16 y/o son. He was diagnosed at the age of 8 with ADHD. His bad behavior started at about the age of 3 y/o. With many different Psychiatrists and psychologist, we have litterally found that nothing works for him. If there is a side-effect with a medication, he seems to get it. The trial and error is horrendous and so frustrating. I have wanted to throw my hands up many times and say, "just forget it!" "nothing works!" I too have suffered with ADHD, ODD, and depression since about the age of 12 y/o. Mine was never this bad! Believe me, I struggled for many years to find the right doctors to diagnose me correctly and find the medication that worked. Finally, at the age of 35 y/o, I was put on Concerta XL, Zoloft, Wellbutrin and many vitamins. I have taken the same medication now since the age of 35, and I am now 52 y/o.
My question to all of these parents out there who are dealing with children in their teens with these issues, what have you found to work? He does see a therapist every Friday, a Psychiatrist 1x every 3 months, and now is doing Neurofeedback once a week for the next 10 weeks. Nothing is truly helping!! He is miserable! Our family is suffering! My marriage is on the rocks, and my other son, whom is 17 y/o, literally cannot stand his brother. I am ready to throw the towel in, but I can't because he is my son, and I need to help him so he doesn't end up in trouble one of these days in the outside world. Any advice would be GREAT!! If I don't find something soon, I am looking into sending him to one of those Wilderness Boot Camps for discipline problems. I just can't take anymore. Thank you in advance for any advice given.