You guys are so awesome. And as for "criticism"...it's fine. I wouldn't post if I didn;t want feedback!
Originally Posted by Iris' Mom
My dd also went into a day program after she was released. Then after 2 wks, it was down to therapy once a week. It's very frustrating when a locked ward is too much, and the other options are too short term or not enough. McLean's here in MA has a program where they have round the clock treatment, but the word is not locked. The kids can come and go, and they have classes and other programs, but I could not get dd into it. These sorts of programs are few and far between, and there just aren't enough beds to meet the need. Of course, if your ds is not cooperative, it might not be the right setting for him. anyway, I have no advice, but I do understand the frustration. I hope you have good luck with the Risperdal. I've heard a lot of success stories, but my dd says she feels tranquilized on it. They are still tweaking her dose as well.
My best friend works at McLean's and it is the best but they are impossible to get into. And, a bit too far away for me to be present there. We have a lot of similarities in our situations. May I ask how old DD is?
So, he's home. I picked him up Wednesday and things have been great. He's in the day program with only Mon and Tues off, which is fine. He'll finish out the week and then go back to school with his friends. He is on the Risperdal but he is so drugged and lethargic....it's like my kid was replaced with a zombie. I am NOT okay with that. If it persists beyond 3 weeks total we will discuss a change with the counselor.
We went to see the new counselor Thursday and that was fine. DS agreed to go once a week for now and would like to cut back to every other week at some point.
Tonight he asked to sleep at a friend's house and I had a VERY hard time letting him go. I'm feeling protective and uneasy
I was honest with him about that, though, and let him go. I think this will be a tough road but we'll be okay in the end. I do believe that.
His official diagnosis is a "non specific explosive mood disorder" which is sort of wishywashy terminology, if you ask me. Sort of a "name" for something they cant quite define. They are reluctant to label him as bi-polar, as that can stick with you forever and they'd like to see how he responds to the treatment plan first.
I'm feeling okay. Better, now that he is home where he belongs and he's still being open and honest with us.
Thanks so much for all your support, mamas. Even if you have not been there yourselves, knowing you are reading along is important. I cant rely on my family for emotional support so this is very helpful
I love you guys.