Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Madie | 2012-04-25



Hi son, aged 8 yr old, was diagnossed last year by a child psychiatrist with PDD NOS or possible Aspergers.....he hadterrible meltdowns, sosial stress, exct. They did an EEG and found abnormalities.....the psychiatrist wanted to put him on anticonvulcent meds, she referedhim to a very well known child neurologist at Unitas hospital.....This dr hit it of badly with my son, causing very oppositional behavior in my son towards this dr.....they did partial MRI....thankfully it was normal. The neuro was so upset about my sons hostile behaviour towards him, he gave us a lecture on how to be better parents, said he doesnt agree with the psychiatrist, who did propper assessment, he disregarded the OT report stating sensory processing dysorder, he disregarded the ST report finding auditory processing dysorder with my son....Said our child has behaviour problems and is manipulative and there is no meds that could cure manipulation! He never explained the abnormal EEG.....Where does this leave us as parents......Who do we believe? The top neuro in our country or the psychiatrist....even after follow ups, she is still convinced my son has ASD.....

Expert's Reply



You have provided a very clear description of your child's problem. Judging from this it seems to me that he does have a very real problem and that Asperger's/PDD NOS is the most likely diagnosis.There are other excellent neurologists in SA and Cape Town boasts one of the best, if not the best, in Dr Birgit Schlegel [tel 021 7614967] if you ever need a second opinion.In my opinion you have enough evidence already and the opinion of an excellent child psychiatrist and other experts plus your son's abnormal EEG to warrant starting him on anti-convulsant treatment.

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Posted by: Madie | 2012-04-25

We thought the neuro would be ''the second opinion!''
He saw my sons behaviour, but didnt explain the ''why'' of the behaviour!

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-04-25

What about getting a second opinion?

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