Our expert says:
Making such diagnosis in a young adolescent is still somewhat controversial in some quarters, especially with the young bipolar, but if this was done by a good and up-to-date specialist this could be a useful move towards gaining control of the problems. Exact issues like whether he should take the meds over the weekend, should be referred to the prescribing doc, but generalyl I would expect so, as both problems are ongoing, so the treatment should be, too. Ritalin helps many kids with ADHD, as does Hi-Q oil supplements ; Risperdal I like as a drug in other conditions ; I haven't used it for Bipolar Disorder on its own, as antidepressants ( if he is depressed ) or mood stabilizers, may be more useful.
I agree with Sandra ; the medicine should be ongoing, and the doctor should have explained this to you carefully, and has been paid to do so. Sandra also raises the important point that drugs like this need to be taken daily, because their benefits are cumulative, rather than arriving soon after any particular tablet is swallowed.
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