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Schizophrenia and ADHD SchizoADHD

Posted by Dr. Bob on October 21, 2003, at 1:00:31

In reply to Schizophrenia and ADHD, posted by SchizoADHD on October 20, 2003, at 11:37:34

> How do you distinguish between psychosis and non-psychotic wierd behavior?
> How do you distinguish between schizophrenia and ADHD?
> What medicines are best for a person with severe ADHD when he seems to get
> pushed over the edge with stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and "appears" to
> lose touch with reality?
>
> My 21 year old son had a traumatic birth, low APGAR scores,
> and apparently neurological injury. Mother was anorexic.
> He had an exceptionally low threshold for pain, whether it was vaccinations or
> any stress whatsoever. Attention deficit problems throughout grade school
> years. Home schooled. Needed lots of one on one attention. He was always
> good at learning or memorizing facts but could not sort out and analyze them.
> He continued to speak in high pitched voice long beyond when most boys voices
> change after puberty.
>
> His teen years became very difficult for him, overwhelming stress as friends
> went off to college and he could not even cope to get a job. At age
> 16 to 18 he began losing sleep and losing touch with reality.
> Bizarre behavior, running off, disorientation, etc. led to treatment
> and institutionalization.
>
> It seems clear-cut case of schizophrenia to doctors, but medicines have failed
> to correct it. Risperdal, zyprexa, and now clozaril.
> Diagnosis of schizophrenia seems to be doctor's excuse for giving up on him.
> None of the meds help his attention and concentration.
> Strattera along with zyprexa helped a lot but doctor took him off both when relapse
> occurred.
>
> Doctors don't seem to realize that his inability to concentrate and focus his attention
> is absolutely debilitating in itself without regard to the question of psychosis!!!
>
> I need help sorting all this out.
>
> Recently I read about the National Academy for Child Development which apparently
> deals a lot with autism and other unique learning disorders.
> Would that route be useful, or would it be just another rabbit trail?
>
> Thanks for any input anyone can give!
>
>


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