In Aug. my daughter started having issues with her fingernails bothering her. She felt that she had to scratch herself. Sometimes in a pattern (foot, cheek, etc.) She became so frustrated that she threatened that if someone didn't help her she would hang herself so I sought help from psychiatric services. Dr. thought probably OCD issues. This eased up & anxiety about me took over for awhile then the fingernail issue came back into the picture. Before all this started I had noticed that she was easy to start habits. She could make a grunting sound (or clearing throat), then blowing air through her teeth. I now think this was related. Because the situation was frustrating her so, the Dr. started her on Fluoxitine. After increasing the dose her behavior became out of control so he changed her to Lexapro. She has been on it for about 7wks. now. I was waiting for things to get better but they have gotten worse. A couple of mths. ago she started saying words that we don't allow her to say & have changed from bad words to even worse words. The doctor now things she could possibly have Tourettes. Her teacher sees a big difference in her. She has started making screaming noises in class, is out of her seat alot & puts her hands on other frequently(touching, poking,etc.) I'm struggling b/c as a mom it's hard to hear these words come from your childs mouth & not discipline her. This is what I did in the beginning & now the doctor has told me to ignore it. It's hard to distinguish when whe can & can't control what she is saying.Sometimes she stuffs a cloth in her mouth so that she can't say words. At these times I truly believe she can't help it other times when she's angry with her brother & calls him an A** Hole I feel that because she has heard the doctor say "She can't help it, don't get on to her" that she's taking advantage of that & trying to get away with talking ugly. She is worried about being teased. I feel isolated and confused & I just need to hear from others that have experienced the same issues. She has an appointment for an evaluation by a ped. neurologist Feb. 27th.
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