Rispedral. Ritalin and SPD

by Tina
(South Africa)

My son - now aged 11 has finally been diagnosed with SPD.


I am so angry at myself for not recognizing the symptoms....having now read up on it - I know without a shadow of a doubt - that he is living MY life....differently but the same.....
Rhys was always seen as a "passionately expressive" child as a toddler....this has slowly become more aggressive as he got older...very rarely does he "attack" or hurt other kids...but very often has a meltdown in class where he will bang his head against a table or wall and then run out of the classroom screaming that he is stupid and can't do the work.....He is very bright but faced with the pressure or fear of a test or performance he goes blank and has a "meltdown".....his classmates will complete a page of work where Rhys will only have done a single line etc, etc.....
He struggles to maintain "focus"

He was put on Ritalin which worked wonders for a while - he completed work, his self esteem went up, eye contact easily made, lying and Stealing (which happened only at home as far as I am aware)...stopped.....I thought we had found a solution.....
a few weeks ago - he told me that the Ritalin wasn't working anymore....supported by the reports on his school work....

I - regrettably - doubled his dose of Ritalin - the day was an absolute disaster.....He was in such overload that he had a catastrophic meltdown....."the WORST day of my life" was his feedback.....

Anyway - we went to the doctor explained all of the above and were prescribed Rispedril alongside his current dose of Ritalin....I have read up on the drug and am a little anxious as the one possible side effect is very extreme and permanent.....

I HAVE seen an OT - but we live in the country and she is very far away - both my husband and I work full time and the to and fro is just not possible. I am desperate to support my son, give him the tools that will equip him to live his life and work around his condition.
Thank you for the tips and information on your site it is a Godsend.

I would sincerely appreciate any objective feedback on SPD and drug therapy
Warmest Regards
Tina

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