When your child has a psychiatric illness, your plate fills rather quickly–psychiatrist appointments, therapist appointments, IEP meetings, trips to the pharmacy and the never-ending juggling of prescription medications. But there are other things crowding the china–things like medication side effects–we may have no idea how to handle, even if we feel we’ve “mastered” all there is to know about our child’s diagnosis.
Children with mental illness experience myriad side effects that create even more problems for them and their parents; one in particular has hit us the hardest. In our house, the most persistent medication side effect is bedwetting. And it’s driving us all crazy.