I can’t believe how many calls/texts/emails/comments/messages I’ve received since my post about our son’s difficulties. Thank you so much to EVERYONE. It’s nice to know that we aren’t alone in this…nor the first to experience it.
I wanted to update you a week later. Trust me…it’s just my nature…but I believe in finding a specialist for specialized issues. Yes, we all need a great general practitioner, but I like to have my ducks in a row and be sure that I’m doing the right thing. The day after our eye-opening visit at our pediatrician’s office, I found a great child psychiatrist as I searched for a counselor. We got in the same day. It was even MORE eye-opening…
Turns out that our son DOES have ADHD…but not the hyper-activity piece of it as we thought…only ADD. Any “hyperactivity” he has is actually based out of anxiety. I never knew!!!! She switched him to another med more appropriate and said that he actually DOESN’T have panic disorder…it’s more anxiety of unspecified category. There is also a STRONG possibility that there is a genetic predisposition, but because he was adopted, I don’t know. I suspect yes.
He will be starting play-therapy in a few week to give him a “bag of tricks” to pull from when feeling anxious. He’s only been taking the medication for a week, but I’m already seeing a difference…thankfully.
I’ve been asked by some “Are you going to continue homeschooling? Maybe you should put him in school?” Ummmmmm…that’s a big N-O. We didn’t start homeschooling because of this and we won’t stop because of it. We homeschool because we feel “called” to do so…and consider it an amazing privilege to be able to teach our child. We live in such different times. We feel blessed that we are able to give him a strong foundation to take into the future.
So I end this post with this…parents, do not be afraid to seek help when you need it. It doesn’t reflect on your parenting at all. It can be the greatest gift you ever give yourself AND your child! Now, go hug on your kids!