We just received a preliminary diagnosis from a pediatrician who specializes in behaviour that my 6 year old son has Tourette's along with ADHD/rage/possibly obsession but not necessarily compulsive. She has based this on an interview with us but still has to assess him in pesron. I was pretty convinced he had the ADHD but was very surprised to find this falls into the Tourette "umbrella" of disorders. I was aware of Tourette's as a tic disorder and never considered it because I never noticed tics in my son. The doctor picked up on it becuase she noticed I had a tic - which I didn't even realize I had. She said sometimes the tics don't develop until they are around 8 years old. He does make loud noises somtimes but not frequently within one day (buzzer, siren, whooping) but I thought they were deliberate rather than voluntary. he had an eye tic a couple years ago that only lasted 2 months. I am questioning her diagnosis but not sure who is best to see for another opinion. I will see my family doctor for a referral but is it best to see another pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist?
This doctor seems to prefer medication - starting with Respiradone to deal with the rage and moodiness, then Ritalin for the ADHD. I'm reluctant. Everyone I've talked to says stay away from meds - they should be a last resort. Try diet/behaviour therapy first.
Can anyone offer advice? and let me know their experience with meds?
My husband and I are totally frustrated - my son is moody, grumpy, oppostional, argumentive, etc. - this has been going on for a couple years now.
Thanks for listening.