My son was diagnosed in 4th grade with ADHD, his teachers from the time he was in preschool said to have him assessed. As a mom I thought he was just a busy boy. When he started flipping his desk in school and telling the teacher he was not going to do any work and they couldn't make him we finally took him. These have been 4 long years trying medication and different dosages. He is currently on Adderall XR. Not sure if we are at the correct dose yet. Over the last year to year and a half things have gotten so bad. He has been nowdiagnosed with ODD, goes into rages when he has his heart set on something and doesn't get it or doesn't get to do what he wants. He has trashed his room twice. He doesn't break anything of value to him and the second time he cleaned it up the next day on his own without being told to. We have started family therapy recently. I am on edge constantly not knowing how to talk to him for fear of making him angry (which seems like all the time). He is also on Risperadol for his mood. It helps somewhat. Anyone have any feelings on that med? He is not threatning to hurt his self or others. He has not run away. Doesn't set fires, steal etc...Thank God!! We are going to try a respite for a few days through a program called SPARK. Has anyone heard of that or any kind of programs to take a break?? If so any thoughts?? My son is adopted. He was our foster child @ age 1. There is also a strong biological history of mental illness, but I can not get anyone to listen to me...
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