Well, has been an interesting couple of weeks at our place! A few weeks ago we got a call from the youth mental health practice in town, who'd originally told us their books were closed a recommended someone 200k away. They had a cancellation and could fit my son in! So we jumped at that.
The appointment went incredibly well, with her seeing my son alone first; he's never seen anyone without my wife there so we didn't know how that would go. 45mins later we joined in, which was really interesting. One of the things she said was he was incredibly expressive and forthright, open and eloquent. She said he shouldn't have been able to be like that! Mostly she would expect grunts and groans from boys at this stage. She's actually thinking of sending him to a speech pathologist because of this; they help diagnose more than just problems with speech itself. She also prescribed a medication for him, and that has been a revelation to us! The effects were pretty quick. He's had a few things happen that normally send in a stressed response, and while he still wasn't happy about them, he didn't have a had reaction. Two of them usually trigger a "I'm feeling sick" the night before with him in the morning trying to avoid school. Like every time, but both times this last week he just unhappily accepted it and got ready like normal. This is a big big change already. A gaming incident which also would have him going of like a rocket still upset him, but the reaction was much more settled and he got over it in short order. The best thing though, is so far the new don't seem to be having any negative effects on him. Some people worry that putting their kids on meds will return them into emotionless drones, or they'll withdraw into a shell or something. But we're seeing the opposite. And he won't shut up! He's become more like me and our daughter, what have we created! My poor wife's ears must be ringing!
He's also been doing a lot of testing at the USQ Psychology Clinic, so she is waiting to see those results too. He's done a lot of tests, so I think they're throwing everything at him.
Rob and I are also doing an 8 week course at lifeline to help us help him when issues pop up. 2 weeks in, and we're learning that we actually seen to handle things pretty much in the manner the course is hiding us too, but you do what have to.
The psychiatrist he's seeing now is THE specialist child psychiatrist in town! She's also the same one who assessed the reports at the public hospital and assessed he should stay in the private system rather than be seen at cyhms, which is a bit of a hit to the wallet. She also mentioned in the appointment that her books were actually closed to new patients (which we knew), but that our gp's husband is a director of "something or other" (I think at the base hospital), and or gp had been pressuring her husband, who was then pestering get that she take needed to see our son! So, like many things in life, it's who you know!