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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8 Responses to The Decision to Medicate Our Son

  1. Never an easy decision to make, hope it makes a difference for your family.
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    • mamasick says:

      Thank you. Have you medicated your child for Tourette’s? Tyler’s is not so bad that he needs it at the moment.

      • Yes We made the decision fairy early on. I wrote a blog post about how we made the decision.
        Tourette Tales´s last blog post ..Secondary School

        • mamasick says:

          I just read your post, sorry it took so long. We have thought about trying Clonidine in the future due to Tyler’s tics and possible ADHD. Tyler’s dad and I had always agreed not to put Tyler on medication until it began to interfere with his academics, but in the end we also did it because it was interfering with his life. I know there are people who will judge me, but until you have a child in this type of situation you really don’t get a say.

  2. Julie says:

    Wishing you and your son all the best. I know from personal experience how hard it is. You’re a great mom!

  3. We are in the same place. My kid has epilepsy and ADD. Both developed recently. We had to medicate, because he was simply miserable and felt beaten down all the time.
    Kristy as Giftie Etcetera´s last blog post ..I’m a Work at Home Mom, Who Rarely Works at Home

    • mamasick says:

      We also let my son decide if he wanted to be medicated and he said yes. He too was tired of the suffering. Thanks for stopping by, Kristy!

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