Advice concerning my son

  1. I am trying to figure out what to do and ANY advice from anyone that may have something to say would be helpful. My son has epilepsy (partial-complex) and was recently diagnosed by a psychiatrist with ADHD, OCD, and anxiety disorder. I know from my own research ( being a concerned mom and a nursing student) that meds for ADHD could increase his seizures and I was told by the doctor that meds for the ADHD could make his OCD worse. With this being said she HIGHLY recommended medicating him for both his ADHD and OCD (along with cognitive behavioral therapy of course). He is soooo fragile right now and I am concerned about doing anything....on the other hand if medication will help him I am all for it. Does anyone have any experience or know anyone that does? Any input would be greatly appreciated
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  3. by   maxthecat
    Can't give medical advice, but I would make sure I had him evaluated at a university medical center AND make sure that Psychiatry and Neurology are talking to each other in planning his treatment and meds.
  4. by   rn/writer
    Giving medical advice is against the AN Terms of Service.

    Here are some general guidelines for making sound medical decisions:

    When you have a situation that is complex and may involve a number of choices, it may be wise to get more than one opinion. Some insurance companies require this for certain procedures or protocols. Your primary doc should not take offense if you want a second or even a third consultation.

    Look for a practitioner that will take the time to get a good history and who will allow you to ask questions and express your thoughts. Communication skills are right up there with clinical expertise.

    Insurance company can sometimes offer referrals if you're looking for a specific type of doc.

    Keep looking for answers until you are satisfied that you have what you need to make good decisions.

    I wish you the best possible outcome with your son.

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