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Dr. Gupta, Board Certified Pediatrician
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Experience:  MD, practicing Pediatrician. Member American Academy of Pediatrics.
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We have an son who is 14 years and 10 months. He is the third

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We have an son who is 14 years and 10 months. He is the third child. He has been diagnosed with ADHD (mainly inattentive). He has never really liked school much and we moved 18 months ago out of the area and he moved schools. We have had nothing but resistance to trying to get him in to school for all that time and now he is refusing to go at all. He just hasn't really made any friends and finds the others difficult to break in to. He is a sweet boy at heart from a good family. Our two older boys are both completely fine. At Christmas we discovered he has been doing cannabis regularly for about 4 months and we were very firm that this must stop. He then stayed in his room for nearly a week and his sleep was completely upside down. He is oppositional and defiant and appears to have many of the hallmarks to ODD. He sees every conversation as a battle of wills and tries to 'win'. He seems to need control all the time. He fluctuates from anger to crying. In the past few weeks taking the internet away has resulted in him going into intense rages and twice he has threatened us with knives. It is frightening. We are almost scared of him. We have now hidden all the knives in teh house. We called the police one night because we could not disarm him. They stayed a long while and finally let him stay at home. He has very low self-esteem. He desperately wants to be popular but doesn't know how to be here. He used to have friends at his old school but still had a real problem with the idea of going to school each day. We are exhausted and do not know what to do. He is registered with CAMBHS and the psychologist now thinks he may have a touch of Aspergers in terms of being rigid in thought. We do not know what to do on a day to day level to try and get him educated. PLease can you tell us if we should be firmer, more accommodating - or what and how?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Paediatrics
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 years ago.
He needs a psychiatrist
Has he seen an actual psychiatrist?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes. They just come up with drugs for concentration. We have an appointment on Wed with her again to look into more of an anxiety issue.I was hoping to get an answer from a psychologist to be honest.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 years ago.
None on line
That is why I was alerted as I have advanced training in this situation, as a double board certified doctor.
What type of assessment has he had for the type of ADHD?
Please be detailed.