It’s been several months since I’ve been struggling with whether or not to start Mars on medication for his OCD behaviors, moodiness, irritability and aggression (although the latter has thankfully subsided as of late). However, his irritability has become almost constant in the past few months. The Dr had recommended either Prozac or Zoloft particularly for the OCD and moodiness. Researching what parents who’ve tried it say about these meds hasn’t turned up any major red flags so I posted a question on a yahoo parents support group expressing my doubts and fears about it. One lady said something that stuck with me “if your child was diabetic or had some other medical condition, would you hesitate to give him medication?”
It’s true that just because we can’t see mental illness, we don’t treat it the same as physical conditions. But still overcoming my own bias against medications that “mess with the mind” so to speak has been a slow process. I think what finally helped me was the gradual realization that Mars was really suffering. Even though my whole being rejects the idea that Mars has a “mental illness” still no matter what you call it, it’s undeniable that the quality of his life is negatively impacted by his moods and irritability. Once the Dr assured me that we can stop the medication anytime and that almost all possible side effects stop when the medication is stopped, I felt that it was only fair to Mars to see if this would help him.
So my Mom & I prayed about it over several weeks and started Prozac 1ml last Saturday. The good news is that there have been no adverse effects so far and there has been no moodiness, irritability or aggression for 4 straight days! Yippiee!!!. His teacher even said he had fantastic days at school both yesterday and today. The bad news is that this low dosage of Prozac only comes in liquid form and it tastes horrible, truly horrible even mixed with juice or maple syrup. I just can’t deal with a battle early morning before school! So now I have a prescription for Zoloft which comes in a small pill. That will be easier since he can swallow it with a spoon of ketchup or syrup without chewing or tasting it. Hopefully, the Zoloft will be as good as the Prozac seems to have been.