the drugs don't work
June 10, 2008 9:48 AM Subscribe
What can we do? Kid's parents are divorced and his mom wants him to be on drugs for ADHD/bipolar disorder, but his dad is vehemently against it. He's 7.
posted by thisisfake to health & fitness (33 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
His mom took him to three doctors before she found one who said he is bipolar, an assumption the doctor made in one visit. His dad said he won't give him any medication because 1) he's seven, 2) he doesn't seem that out of sorts, 3) he needs discipline more than a drug to wipe him out and 4) he's already in counseling and his counselor says she sees no signs of him being bipolar. (In counseling because his mom thinks that the divorce has traumatized him beyond saving him & he had some trouble in kindergarten not listening to his teachers.)
His mom demanded that it was doctor's orders and that he NEEDS to be on the medication, so they compromised to give him a half pill for a "trial period." (Which we thought would be a couple weeks but is actually three months!) So then this morning (before he comes over for the week) she casually dropped the bomb that "the doctor called on Friday and said that he needs to be given a whole pill now..." His dad didn't want him on ANY pills in the first place and now she's changing his dosage without consent.
We're trying to avoid court, but we don't want him to be on medication for the rest of his life. What the heck can we even do?!