My son (sophomore, 15) was recently diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder and Depression. After seeing a therapist for 3 months, he was referred to a psychiatrist who prescribed Prozac. The course of treatment is Prozac coupled with weekly visits to the therapist. We have been told that the Prozac will help with the depression which will make my son more amenable to the therapy for the Social Anxiety Disorder. We have also been told that it could potentially be a long time until he finds some relief. To date, he is on day 2 of the medicine.
I'm happy to be patient and so thankful that he's getting help but I'm wondering how to "keep the ball rolling" regarding high school and college. I have 100s of questions and concerns about his future but I thought this forum would be a good place to start.
If you have experience with this with your child, did you let anyone at their high school know? My son hates being spoken to by adults, he dreads being singled out/praised, and he pushes away all attempts by teachers/counselors/coaches to get to know him. At the beginning of high school, I would get a lot of concerned calls or comments about his demeanor but now no one at the school really bothers with him anymore. I would say at best he's perceived as a "punk". His grades are A's and B's but slipping every semester. Do you think more support and understanding at school would help?
Also, did you try to get any testing or homework accommodations for your child? According to the therapist, my son's head is constantly swimming with negative thoughts, it's very hard for him to sleep/study/concentrate. Should I ask the school what kind of support can be provided for him?
Thanks in advance for your help.