I explained that it took us a long time to achieve success. My husband and I had to be committed to the importance of medications for our daughter. We didn't give up even after many failed attempts. I never felt that my daughter was a guinea pig. I researched various books and talked to lots of parents so I knew that every brain is wired differently. That means a medication that can work on one child's brain, may not work on my child's. I knew this would be a long arduous process.
I never stuck with a psychiatrist who was not helping my child. The first psychiatrist we had worked like a factory supervisor. It was all about the number of people that he saw. It was never about taking the time to get to know my child. The second one we saw had this same god complex, but she also did not get along with my daughter or our family. She didn't return phone calls in a timely manner and then was upset when we took our child to the ER after a bad reaction to a certain medication. Our therapist recommended the psychiatrist we have now. Our current doctor would go to the ends of the earth for my child or any patient of hers.
In the beginning, there were times when Princess would spit out her pills or throw them across the room. When that happened, there was a consequence such as a loss of a privilege along with an explanation as to why these drugs were important. I felt it was crucial that my daughter knew that we as a family were serious about getting her the help she needed.
As we traveled along this journey I educated my daughter about each of the medications she was taking as soon as she became curious about them. At first she wasn't interested in their names. She only wanted to know that the green pill helped her to focus, the white capsule helped her to not obsess so much etc. At time went on and she matured, she had a desire to know the exact name of each medication. She now knows when I've goofed up and forgotten a certain pill or if I gave her too much of one thing. Her body knows when it is about time to have them because my husband and I have been so consistent with dispensing them daily.
I know that some families choose to go the supplement route or to make dietary changes. Our family chose the medication route. We dove in right from the start. I think it is like anything we do as parents. We do the best we can and give it all we've got.
I'm so glad that my family chose to stick it out. The benefits we have seen have been life changing. I actually enjoy spending time with my daughter. Before stability, this was not true.
I do worry that when my daughter is ready to spread her wings and leave the nest, she might choose to go off of her medications. That is something we will have to deal with when the time comes. For now educating her about her medications, is the best preventative measure that we can make.
It's worth it!