My ds (ADHD inattentive, dysgraphia) has been seen by a psychiatrist for assessment on his levels of anxiety. They have always been there, but with the teen years they have really ramped up. His anxiety affects his learning (ex. his neuropsychological report of 2013 notes that anxiety interferes with his executive functioning) and his social interactions. After four sessions with him, the psychiatrist, who is considered the top specialist in the city for children/teens anxiety floated the idea of medication (Prozac) with him (the age of consent where we live is fourteen, he's going on fifteen). He is very keen to try the medication. I am not thrilled with the idea (he is already on Concerta) but not adamantly opposed either. The problem as I see it is that the psychiatrist will not give him therapy in conjunction with the medication. He is not particularly open to the idea and the psychiatrist told us that this is very common in teens. She did say that sometimes taking the meds can make the individual more open to therapy, but not always. She made the point that teens' schedules are very full and that fitting in intensive CBT, which is what is needed for it to work, is very difficult. She told me privately that his anxiety is very, very high. She also told us that untreated anxiety can lead to depression (something I can attest to having lived it myself and I am not actually that anxious a person, it was mostly situational).
Boy am I ever sorry that we did not tackle this before the teen years. I guess I didn't really appreciate how anxiety was contributing to his issues.
I am wondering if anyone would be willing to share some btdt stories of coming to terms with anxiety for the first time in the teen years, and thoughts on medication without CBT therapy? He does occasionally talk to a psychologist but she isn't specialized in CBT.
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Thank you so much.