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Old 04-02-2005, 03:36 PM
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Looking bluebird's post, I just think of how our bodies are so different from each others. I work in a cafeteria where we have to taste test our food every day. There are some things that I have to make that I absolutely cannot taste-Clam Chowder for one-but one of our dieticians absolutely loves it! Dressing starves me to death to smell it, but I can't eat it.
What blood pressure med that works for Sue won't work for Jill, and what anti-depressant that works for me might not work for you.
I take Zoloft and I really like it. I've not had what I would call temper problems in my life, I just get crabby like Lucy in Peanuts. I thought my daughter might like it too, but she hated it. She now takes a new med-Cymbalta-that didn't do a thing for me. I might as well been taking baby aspirin!
Bluebird, I certainly am thinking about you, and I will ask the Lord to give you special wisdom that you would feel good about any decision you have to make. I certainly wish you the best. Hugs, angelia
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Old 04-05-2005, 04:38 PM
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I am so happy! I have made a set of rules of the house. It is a contract between oldest ds and us, his parents. I will take a copy in and give it to his counselor too. I don't think this will fix anything over night but maybe it might teach ds some common sense.
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Old 04-07-2005, 03:18 PM
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My daughter is also ADHD and bipolar. She also has some sort of oppositional disorder... I am not sure if that is the same thing as ODD. I am concerned about her - now and in the future. These kids have so many challenges ahead of them.

I try to be patient with her but there are times that she just really tries me. It is good to know there is a support system out here.
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:08 PM
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I bought 2 MORE books yesterday. The first is "Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder" by Julie Fast. She has the website I'm not too far in it yet, but so far it is very interesting.
The second is "The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Medicine" by Stephanie Marohn. I looked for the "Dangerous Grains", but they didn't have it. I am going to order that one.
Has anyone read "The Explosive Child" by Ross Greene? My son's doctor has recommended it. I have it one order as well.
I hope everyone has a good day!
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Old 04-08-2005, 04:06 PM
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Special Ed "eligibility" vs. medical "diagnosis"

Hi Kimmer,

There is a difference, at least in Michigan, between an educational "eligibility" and a medical "diagnosis." The former is what is used to define what special education services a child will receive from the school and, depending on the label used, can come from a psychologist, social worker, speech therapist, special education teacher, etc. The second, which may or may not be directly related, can only be given by a doctor (M.D., D.O., etc.) and in some cases I believe only by those with certain specializations. What I was referring to as far as blocking insurance payment and availability was a diagnosis (the latter). Even if your child receives an educational eligibility of "autism," "autistic impaired," or whatever the term is in your state to get the services he/she needs, unless there is absolutely no way he/she will ever be able to live on his/her own and you are sure you will be able to continue the insurance you have for him/her now forever or at least till he/she is an adult and eligible for Medicaid or something similar as a disabled adult, I would strongly recommend that you do what you can to avoid getting the medical diagnosis of autism for your child. If you do decide to seek it in order to qualify for some program or funding, think very carefully about both the long-term and short-term consequences of this.

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