Seren was only six years old when she was diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and & # 39; extreme & # 39; feelings of fear
A young, innocent girl who was once obsessed with Barbie dolls developed a dark fascination for death just weeks after she was given antidepressants to help with her paralyzing fear.
Seren was only six years old when she was diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and & # 39; extreme & # 39; feelings of fear.
She and her two younger brothers and sisters had recently moved to Perth with her parents from the UK, and her mother, Susy Parker, was unsure of how to handle her bags.
On the advice of several doctors, Mrs Parker decided to treat Seren.
She told Daily Mail Australia that she initially prescribed Ritalin to help with Seren & AD 39.
While both she and Seren & school saw improvements in her behavior, she decided to take her off the medication in favor of a more natural approach.
But Seren & # 39; s panic attacks and major behavior problems continued. Her fear was often shown up to six times a day.
& # 39; Her panic attacks were not with her breath. She would just lose it, she would scream and shake. Her hands and feet would curl. At first we did not know that they were symptoms of panic attacks.
On the advice of several doctors, Mrs Parker decided to treat Seren
While she and Seren & # 39; s school saw improvements in her behavior, she decided to take her off the medication in favor of a more natural approach
& # 39; It would be crazy to shout about the smallest things, & # 39; said Mrs. Parker.
A second pediatrician who highly recommended & # 39; , gets treatment for her anxiety and with further advice from the doctors, Mr. and Mrs. Parker started Seren on Prozac.
But Mrs. Parker said within two weeks that her daughter's behavior had changed completely.
WHAT IS OPPOSITE DEFIANCE DISORDER
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) is a childhood disease defined by a pattern of hostile, disobedient, and rebellious behavior directed against adults or other authorities.
ODD is also characterized by children who exhibit angry and irritable moods, as well as quarrel and vengeful behavior.
Seren went from a bubbling, clear and happy child to what the couple could only describe as macabre.
She developed an obsession with death, dying, and knives, the mother of three said.
& # 39; She was obsessed with what it would be like if she died, what it would be like if she injured herself, what would it be like if I jumped off this bridge now. Would i die? Would you miss me? Could anyone care? & # 39;
& # 39; Yes, she was compliant. She was calmer, easier educated and easier older. But she lost her spark and her happiness. & # 39;
Seren went from a bubbling, clear and happy child to what the couple could only describe as macabre
Mrs. Parker said her intuition told her it was medication, but her pediatrician dismissed her concerns.
& # 39; He told me she was manipulating me and looking for attention. He told me not to worry about the doses and medication she received. & # 39;
She developed an obsession with death and dying.
In the end she was recommended to use another medicine to deal with her resistance disorder.
Again, Mrs. Parker has put her faith in the professionals and tried the medication.
But it brought & # 39; promiscuous puberty & # 39; provoke – an early puberty that began to change the body and moods of her seven-year-old daughter.
So again, the doctors decided to try another medicine.
But when Mrs. Parker looked at the side effects, she realized it was not meant for children under 14 years of age.
Some medications brought & # 39; promiscuous puberty & # 39; provoke – an early puberty that began to change the body and moods of her seven year old daughter
& # 39; Up there, in large bold letters, it said & # 39; under TGA this should not be given to children under 14 & # 39 ;, and Seren is seven. I called him (the pediatrician) and he says & it's fine, I can prescribe her, it's label & # 39 ;.
& # 39; At that time I stopped taking all medication, I said goodbye to the psychologist and pediatrician, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I have endured a lot of anger, thinking & # 39; how could this have happened? & # 39; We are not told this. & # 39;
The medication, Parker later wrote, was often used in prison to calm hardened criminals.
Ever since they got rid of medication, dark thoughts and macabre statements stopped almost immediately.
Seren is now at 12 and is the best she has ever been.
Mrs Parker has since adopted a more holistic approach to the well-being of her daughter, oversees her eating habits and is working to restore the health of Seren & gut, which she later learned is directly related to the brain.
Ms. Parker has since adopted a more holistic approach to her daughter's well-being, oversees her eating habits and is working to restore Seren & Gut health, which she later learned to be directly related to the brain.
They later discovered that Seren was bordering on anemia – which often affects concentration – and she removed gluten and dairy products from her diet for six-week cleansing.
The results, they said, were remarkable.
& # 39; The school told us that they saw a completely different child. & # 39;
A long time ago I decided not to apologize for her.
The mother-of-three said, in addition to the adjustments to Seren's life, when they took her away from the medication, they & # 39; radically had to change their parenting style & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We were quite under control. Do not do this, you will be fined, but these children do not respond.
& # 39; It makes their behavior worse. These children are very intuitive, they know when people are rude or unkind to them and it triggers. When she has an eruption, you almost have to let it go. It feels so strange, but it works.
She now has the ability to concentrate on school and is a novice horseman and self-taught snake man
& # 39; I decided long ago not to apologize for her. She's a great kid in so many ways and I had to accept that. Yes, she is a bit different and no, she doesn't have to be normal. & # 39;
She now has the ability to concentrate on school and is a novice horseman and self-taught snake man. Mrs. Parker said she has shown an interest in helping homeless people in the community and has returned to her bright, vibrant self.
She said that in a similar situation, parents should trust their intuition more and seek alternative options and do their own research.
But she said the most important thing for her family was to just appreciate the individuality of her daughter.
& # 39; These children are so beautiful, but because they don't fit and don't fit, we miss all the beautiful things they bring to the table and this world. & # 39;
Mrs. Parker has kept diaries to document Seren & # 39; s experience and has now reproduced them in a book to help other parents.
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