My husband reminded me that this could be a good thing and really help our son with his recent struggles. It’s not fair to let him suffer because I want things to be different. In a perfect world, we would never consider medication, let alone four, but we aren’t in a perfect world, I have to face our reality.
The other alternative suggested by our psychiatrist is having our son hospitalized. He feels that based on his violent outbursts and his expression of being “God’s mistake” is enough criteria to have him admitted.
When I expressed our concern that he wasn’t unstable and that hospitalizing him could do more harm than good, our Psychiatrist suggested that hospitalizing him may teach him that bad things happen when he acts violent.
I get his thinking, but this only takes into consideration one side of our son, on the other side, we have a child who has other issues that would become worse if we hospitalized him in his current state. Our therapist agrees.
I totally agree that if he was in a state where we couldn’t stop his violence, or he threatened us with serious danger, we would admit him. But I have a kid who is playing nicely with his brothers after a day of having fun in a field with a friend. His rage is long gone in his mind and he’s no longer being triggered by the stress of school. How can I admit him under these circumstances? Both my husband and I feel strongly that we won’t use hospitalization to “teach him a lesson”.
In the meantime, we need to discuss where we go from here, because “here” is no place to stay.