...that is to that psychiatrist-the one we saw yesterday. In my opinion that was one of the worst doctor's appointment we have ever had. I do not even know how to explain it. But I will try.
First of all he said that McKenzie could not be bipolar because there was no bipolar in our immediate blood line-brother, sister, or parents. I guess great grandparents do not count and depression does not either. But according to what I have read depression in the blood line can also be an indicator. I think also that I have read that that bipolar does not have to be in the blood line. Todd has grandparents that were alcoholics which can be an indicator of bipolar. I need to research this some more. If anybody knows, please share. Whether she is or not there are still mood issues that need to be addressed and he only addressed the ADHD. He did nothing to address the anxiety either. He asked Todd and I a bunch of questions about ourselves and very little about McKenzie. His thought process was that she was a mixture of us so if he found about us then he would understand her better. From what we got from him in a nutshell was that we did not understand ADHD and that we needed to change our environment to accommodate her. He basically said that if we wanted the rages to stop then we needed to figure out what triggered them and alter those triggers or stop them. Later I thought about that and thought how do I stop the trigger of Tori being sick, or do I let her be late all the time to school with no consequences, or let her watch as much T.V. as she wants and never go to bed at a decent hour and eat whatever she wants whenever she wants. That is crazy-it teaches her nothing and especially not how to deal with rules and limits. It also is a terrible example for our other children. He then proceeded to ask me what caused her rages if homework was not an issue. He assumed without asking that homework was an issue which it is not. I told him that one of the things that caused them was when she was told to get off the computer after her time was up. He then proceeded to tell us why not let her stay on the computer if it keeps her out of trouble. And yet, the therapist told us that too much computer and T.V. was not good for her brain. When I told him that, he made a face and said she could learn on the computer-that there was so much to learn. Yea right, webkinz, facebook, and gmail are such good learning tools. He kept asking me when the rages happened and he wanted me to say in the morning and evening only. He was trying to say that the rages were a result of the vyvanse wearing off. This might be the case some of the time. However, I kept telling him that the rages were unpredictable and not always in the morning or evening. He also tried to tell me that the vyvanse could be the cause of her mood issues and yet, when I told him that she was irritable and angry both on and off of the vyvanse, he said, "are you sure?" I felt like he was putting us in a box and not trying to listen and really understand McKenzie. He also did not read the letter that I faxed him until the first 3 minutes of our meeting and then he did not even read it all as I had to explain to him something that was clearly written in the letter. Todd felt he talked in circles. And when Todd asked clarification on something he answered, "Not exactly," and then never explained it further. He cut us off after 30 minutes saying we needed longer but when I told him that I tried to get a longer appointment and was told no he said nothing. He gave her an extra 25 mg. of seroquel in the afternoon when she came home from school to calm her down, told us to get her a new therapist, and that was it. He then proceeded to say come back in two months! Two Months! Forget that dude, we will not be coming back. Why do they not care? Why can't we find somebody who does? This was the head of psychiatry of Phoenix Children's Hospital! Scary! We need someone who is going to listen to us and really care and want to work with us until we figure this out for Kenzie.