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Created On 3/29/09 4:29 AM
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mouse
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My son, who we originally thought had ADD/ADHD, still has yet to be diagnosed with anything. We are going to be going to a developmental pediatrician in a few days. I'm assuming if there is a diagnosis, the doc will come up with one after doing some tests and stuff. However, will this also cover stuff such as the possibility of clinical depression mixed with very mild asperger's? ( a very real possibility according to his teachers at this point) Do I still need to go to a psychiatrist for an evaluation or will this aspect be covered? Any other ideas of how to get a diagnosis when most likely there is more than one thing playing out? I'm so confused. You'd think I work in the special ed system I'd know how to obtain a decent diagnosis, but I'm all thumbs and burnt out and I'm beginning to see where other parents begin fall to peices.


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3/29/09 9:41 AM
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>I'm beginning to see where other parents begin fall to peices.
I think you have gotten through worse situations I'm sure you will get through this one too.
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I don't know for sure, but Im pretty sure that if the developmental pediatrician can't give you a definitive diagnosis, you can get a referral to the right place. it sounds like he would be the right source, though.


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Ok so now I'm told it's Asperger's but the social worker who works with him on a weekly basis swears there is something wrong with his perception and that he is most likely psychotic too. I really really really don't think this is the case. I think he is having too much of a good time at the social worker's expense (or is it his???) Either way, I'm pretty sure medication is NOT the answer in this case as his ability to report his range of emotions is very very very limited as was seen during the exam with the developmental pediatrician. I am concerned antidepressants and such will have an adverse affect on him (like it does with me) and create more problems rather than solve them. I think, in fact, I'm almost positive, the best approach to solving the problems he is having is through social skills classes and such. However, I'm being pressured to have him medicated and i'm justnot convinced it's the way to go. Any ideas anyone???


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Perhaps you can get a second opinion.
 
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How is your home life? A disciplined, loving home is essential for your son's mental health. Good for you for resisting medication--try exercise, social/behavioral skills, (D. Samet is excellent, so is Chaim Neuhoff of Eitzah), art, karate, home-schooling...whatever he is interested in or that you think your child needs to help him become healthy.
 
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