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So today was Gabriella's first really bad day since going off the meds. I actually felt hate towards her, and later hated myself for thinking that way! I had discussed with her doctor early last week about trying a different med later on.... but we may not wait.... he wants to try Risperdal next. In what I have read, the only negative side effect has been weight gain due to increased appatite... she is super skinny right now, and could use the extra weight... So I think we might give it a shot..... anyone have any 1st hand or 2nd hand experience with Risperdal?
My dd started with risperdal, and for us it was the best thing ever, her tandrums subsided amazingly and things really improved (not so much for hyperactivity etc but more for aggression---no more hitting etc)
One of my friends has two kids on it as well and has had lots of success too.
The weight gain is the biggest drawback for us because of other health issues, but it seems to only last for the first few months (mine gained about 10 lbs in the first month, but hasn't gained any since may so we are happy)
Meg always has the WORST time with her temper! and boy does she know exactly what buttons to push!! Oh that child makes me see red! I know just what you mean about hating and then being hard on yourself later for it. Don't worry or stress yourself. I think EVERY parent has hit that point at one time or another, and you shouldn't beat yourself up over it.
Actually meg was so bad with her tantrums and screaming and anger, that we sat her down in therapy 1 a week for quite a while. It worked wonders. It might be a thought (she was 6 too when we started the therapy)?
__________________ Susan, dh Tom, dd Megan (14), ds Marcus (12), Our new baby Dean
I never knew until that moment how badly it could hurt to lose something you never really had. - Missed Miscarriage at 10 weeks - 3/26