After meeting with Dr. Reynolds this afternoon, the general consensus about Elliott is that he is severely depressed. That probably won’t come as a shock for some of you but it was devastating for me as his father hear that.
Dr. Reynolds is very concerned at this point and that concerns me. In our 7 year history with him, he’s been pretty conservative. He’s not one to throw labels around.
Anyway, the problem is, aside from the obvious, that Elliott can’t take any type of SSRI. You may recall the whole Zoloft incident last year. If not, just search for in the the search bar on the left.
This doesn’t leave many options.
Wellbutrin is the best option. The problem is that it isn’t typically used on kids and it’s known to cause seizures.
You may recall, last year Elliott was evaluated for seizures. While his EEG was abnormal and he had all the markers for someone with seizure activity, nothing ever showed up. His shaking was something else and not seizures.
However, Elliott is right on the line. Within his brain, the right conditions exist for him to begin having seizures at anytime. This makes the risk of Wellbutrin even higher.
I don’t know what to do.
We have to focus on Elliott and get him back on his feet. He deserves so much better than this. All the boys deserve better than this.
We see Elliott’s pediatrician this week for a full work up. We also need to speak with his neurologist about the risks of Wellbutrin or any other anti-depression medication.
After seeking everyone’s opinion, Lizze and I will have some soul searching to do.
I’m feeling broken right now.
There is too much to deal with right now. There’s so much that I can’t focus on any one thing. Everything is absolutely urgent and extremely important. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.