I didn't know what to expect. I've never been to a psychiatrist. The closest I've ever been to an appointment like that was when I went to a general doctor about anxiety and panic attacks. And interestingly enough, I was having a panic attack about talking to a doctor about panic attacks. Ha! I was a mess. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Sorry Blakey!
So, Dr. M was wonderful. He evaluated Blake for about ten minutes while we filled out paperwork in a very 80s waiting room. I was happy to hear that he thought Blake was as normal as can be. However, that is why the parent portion of the appointment is like two hours long, Blake can make a great first impression, but we have all the history and details that helped lead him to a treatment plan for her.
We discussed our family history, which is filled with addiction and anxiety. We discussed Blake's characteristics, struggles, concerns. He started her on a very low dose of an anti depressant/anti anxiety med. One of our main issues was her mood. I just feel like her quality of life was kind of bad, she was always so stressed, so easily frustrated, so easily upset, so so so so so quick to cry. I don't love that she is on medication, but I am certainly not opposed to trying something that could make my child's life much more enjoyable and manageable.
She has only been on it for a couple of weeks, and she only takes it every other day. I have definitely seen an improvement. She is still totally herself and still has mood swings, but they are way less frequent and I think it will only continue to improve as she gets used to the medicine. She hasn't had a single side effect and nothing negative has come from it up to this point.
We go back to the doctor in about a month to see how it's going. We have GOT to do something about her ADD. It's out of control. She can barely function in her dance class, so I can only imagine how oblivious she must be in a full day of school. Doctors don't like to medicate for ADD until kids are 6, there is research showing that ADD meds aren't very effective until the age of 6, so parents will think they aren't working, take their kids off the meds and then run into even bigger problems when the kid is struggling at a later age. Again, I would love for the problem to just go away, for her to "grow out of it" but as she is getting older, although some aspects are getting much better (anxiety), other problems are becoming worse in comparison with her peers (ability to attend).
One irritating part of this journey, is that there seems to be a wait list every where I turn. We are currently on a wait list for OT and ST, and I am very ready to get her going with those therapies. Hopefully soon! At least we have gotten started with the psychiatrist and I am already seeing a happier Blake. Thank God for modern medicine!