Stubborn teenager

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A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 7/16/2006 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Briefly I'd like to say that I'm a totally frustrated mom of a headstrong, arrogant, manic teen. He thinks he doesn't need to take his meds because someone at church told him that it's his diet that's wacko, not his brain. He's decided he knows best and his Doctor just wants to "drug him up". (How do you force feed meds???)

Does anyone have any brillent one liners? My heart is SO tired and I'm at loss for words other than angry ones and ones that make me sound/feel stupid in his eyes.

I'm a single mom and he's my last one at home. He's on GEODON and has been ill for aprox 8 months.

Please help...this 16 year old kid, whom I love, is driving ME crazy!

Ellie 1
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   Posted 7/16/2006 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My kids range from 24 years to 2 1/2 years old. The vast majority of sixteen year olds think they know everything and are certain we (the adults in their lives) are all uninformed idiots. My 14 year old daughter is no exception.
I would try to reason with him. If that doesn't work and he refuses, he is still a minor and can be hospitalized if you feel his going without meds is dangerous for him. Perhaps the possibililty of that may be enough incentive in itself. Of course if he's manic, a threat of hospitalization might run him out of the house altogether. That's a judgement call that only you can make.
Can you ground him? That never worked with my oldest one to get her to do what I wanted. She always just said "screw you" (a lot more strongly than that) and left anyway, but it does work with the 14 year old. Maybe if he can't leave the house without taking his med's he'll feel more cooperative. My kids weren't on meds but lord knows we've had our battles just the same.
My heart goes out to you. As a parent, I know how it feels to want the best for your children while they do everything they can to destroy their own lives. You can only do what you can do.
Take Care and let us know how this works out for you
Ellie
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
 
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A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 7/16/2006 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
The trouble is the Geodon doesn't help my argument much. I'm not too thrilled with the side effects and the "wishy-washy" sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't bit. That doesn't help my case much. Then he whines that it keeps him awake, it makes him throw up...then there's the classic, "Mom it makes me have bad dreams! Do you STILL want me to take this junk???...My friend Kyle doesn't take his meds and he's fine..." Blah, blah, blah. In the meantime he brags to ANYONE who'll listen to him and tells his lifestory to strangers at the grocery store. Lil' stinker! He thinks he's a "superstar". But if one didn't know, one would think he was just this super confident, ambitious kid with a big mouth and high hopes!

Ellie 1
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   Posted 7/17/2006 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe it's time to get him back to the pdoc and have his meds reevaluated. If the side effects are hitting him that badly and its effects are only hit and miss anyway, perhaps there is something else they can put him on, to make it not only more effective but your son more compliant in taking meds without feeling terrible all the time.
Just a thought
Ellie
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eyesoffire30
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   Posted 7/17/2006 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
You know my 14 yr old daughter has been throwing up atleast once a day for three weeks...didn't click with the meds till I read that it makes him throw up..hmmmm

 They say laughter is the best medicine....then why are my pants wet, my gut sore and I am still laughing!!!


A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 7/17/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah...throwing up is disterbing. (But his brother has Crohn's Disease so sometimes he thinks he has Crohns but he has nones of the other symptoms) This whole ordeal is frustrating as heck. I'm not a patient person like other mom's. :-(
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