The Decision to Medicate Our Son

After thinking it over for over a month and seeking a second opinion Grant and I have decided to put Tyler on Zoloft. It’s a very small dosage, to be raised slowly until there is some improvement, and we have an appointment in about three weeks with the nurse practitioner to assess how Tyler is doing.

So far the only side effect Tyler has had are some occasional headaches. We are monitoring him closely for any suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Research shows that antidepressants in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides the best, quickest outcome. And I hate to watch my little boy suffer, to see him be afraid of everything, to hear him tell me about his scary obsessive thoughts, and the things he won’t tell me about.

I never thought I would medicate my child, at least until he was much older, but I truly believe the timing is right.

Any prayers or good thoughts for the medication and therapy to work are appreciated and I will keep you updated.


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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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