As you can imagine, this just set his mood into a downward spiral. For the rest of the day I was constantly navigating his emotions, trying to keep him calm. I even had a problem with him running off in the store and being impulsive.
At the end of the day, when I was at a church gathering, my husband went to put the boys to bed when my son went into a violent rage. My husband noticed that he seemed to intensify much faster than the past and he was very physical towards my husband.
After the mania that occurred last week, we increased his Trileptal again, but I haven’t seen a positive change yet, like we’ve seen in previous increases. I think in my gut I know we may be headed towards an additional medication.
I hate the thought of that. Every medication comes with new side effects and new risks. But our doctors don’t have anything else to offer. Even our therapist told me that if it’s biological, therapy won’t help in the heat of a rage, only medication can.
The other thing I’m struggling with is the school’s consequence. I know my son should have a consequence for jumping off the play structure, but to have a punishment that will last for an entire week is unbearable. This will just continue the downward spiral of his mood. He needs a consequence that is immediate, then he has a fresh start. I also think that his behavior may be connected with his recent instability. It’s very unlike him to do risky things, when he’s stable he’s very cautious. So for him to make such a bold move at school, makes me wonder if his body was still having moments of mania. So to take away recess, a moment where he can get some healthy exercise, seems to be a move in the wrong direction.
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So how does your school handle consequences with your child?