Today is Fragile X Friday! My topic today comes from my Listserv inbox. I scanned it for material this morning as I was having a hard time coming up with a good theme. One of the recurring themes (I have over 200 saved messages), is questions about medications.
I want to say, depsite what you might think from the post title, I have no position on whether you should or should not medicate your child. That is a decision best left to you, your doctor and hopefully, your child.
There are plenty of medications available for anxiety, depression, ADHD, you name it, somebody’s made a drug for it. Some work better in kids, some work better in adults and some won’t work for you at all.
I understand from the Fragile X association that people with Fragile X may react differently from the general population to certain medications. To me, that is the most important piece of information! My point is, be informed. Ask questions. Trust your instincts. Do your own research.
And, finally, make your own decisions, based on what is best for your child. You might start here to research. It’s a pretty impressive list, and the reason I made this post. While I do love the FX Foundation’s website, it is a little overwhelming at times.
And remember Mommies & Daddies, there’s nothing wrong with asking your doctor for some help for yourself too. As a carrier, you might be more susceptible to depression, anxiety and other as well. Don’t be a hero. (You already are one!)