Medicine Q for child with ADD and anxiety
I'm new to this forum and had a question. I have an 8 year old dd with ADD and generalized anxiety. We are seeing a psychiatrist to manage medicine for ADD/Anxiety. We started with the anxiety and tried a course of Zoloft, then Prozac. At the low dose, neither one worked. No effect. Then at next dose, she got side effects: increased social anxiety, increased attention problems, more aggressive behavior. We then tried to focus on the ADD. My DD can't take a stimulant with the anxiety, plus she already has eating issues so appetite suppression was a concern. Only class of ADD meds she can take are a swallowed pill. She has many sensory issues so she needs a liquid. Doctor wanted to try Strattera, but she couldn't swallow a pill.So they decided to try something else for anxiety - Abilify. She doesn't have a mood disorder or bipolar - just anxiety. No impact on anxiety at low dose but after 3 months, she gained 10 pounds and she's starting to grow breast tissue. She's gaining about 3 lbs a week. Any thought on where to go from here. Dr. was not concerned about weight gain and wanted to keep pushing the dose, but I felt we were trading one problem for another. Don't want to get into metabolic changes that can't be reversed.We could still try a course of Lexapro, but she's tried 2 SSRIs and gotten side effects. Very confused.