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Mother says child’s doctor wouldn’t give him any medication, sparking debate

A mother went viral on TikTok this week after claiming her child’s new doctor had deprived him of most of his medication, while another doctor denied he had the conditions diagnosed by a previous doctor. Her son’s medical conditions include autism and ADHD.

In a video posted by user Saira (@motherofdragons2.0.2.0), she explains that she switched doctors because her son’s previous doctor was almost an hour and a half away. However, this new doctor was significantly different from the old one, immediately questioning the previous doctor’s diagnoses and encouraging Saira to stop giving her son his medication.

Saira’s video currently has over 190,000 views.

@motherofdragons2.0.2.0 What did you say to me?! He doesn’t know about us or how hard I worked to ensure my son didn’t receive treatment. But he fought badly. #adhd #autism #designs ♬ Original sound – Saira M Willman

First, the new doctor suggested taking Saira’s son off his medication for a week, see how he reacted, and reevaluate his medication. The doctor reportedly told Saira to “call [her] and update [her] if there are any problems,” at which point the doctor would probably reassess the situation.

“I did, and they never called back,” says Saira.

After that, she went to a second doctor in the same office.

“Within five minutes of being there, this man said, ‘Your son isn’t autistic and he doesn’t have ADHD,'” Saira claims.

She later adds, “Then he goes on and says, ‘You know, most of you parents just come in here wanting a diagnosis, so you can just put pills in your kids faces and shut them up.'”

That was enough for Saira. She continued to report the doctor and now her child still visits his former doctor.

When the video was posted on TikTok, an intense discussion ensued.

Initially, Saira had a lot of support from commentators, some of whom shared their own stories of unpleasant doctors.

“MAMAAAAA you did the right thing!” wrote one user. “Gosh, some of YOU (doctors) have to stop if you don’t want to [to] doctor.”

“Yes this happened to my dad, with diabetes and a doctor abruptly switched his meds,” shared one commenter. “He ended up in the hospital. I’m proud of you and I don’t know you.”

“Oh damn no!!” a third declared. “If someone tells me my son doesn’t need all of his meds, I will IMMEDIATELY offer to stay with him for a week off meds.”

While Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a widely accepted diagnosis today, ADHD medication use is still a controversial topic Wall Street Journal. Doctors say they are divided on what age a child should start taking these drugs, what dosage is appropriate, and whether families are better off trying alternative remedies before turning to drugs.

This controversy is reflected in the comments section below Saira’s video, with some commenters sympathizing with her child’s doctor.

“I hate to say this, but as a pharmacist he’s not wrong,” explained one commenter. “I’ve seen several parents give their adopted children drugs like this when they weren’t needed… I had a family with the kids once, and all the kid did was ask me normal 5-year-old questions, and Mom said, ‘You see why they need it.’ ”

“I think ADHD meds are a blip,” shared another user. “You just have to learn to focus better and find ways to release that energy.”

While she previously noted that medication was a last resort for her son (the original video’s caption read in part, “…I campaigned to keep my son off medication. But he fought poorly”), Saira says in a follow-up video She understands the commenters’ concerns and that she used to feel the same way.

@motherofdragons2.0.2.0 reply to @kristenmagee7 ♬ Original sound – Saira M Willman

In this video, Saira notes that she “used to feel the same way,” but because her child has both autism and ADHD, she suffers from “sensory issues” and violent episodes that resolve dramatically with medication.

“Unfortunately, with his excitement he became incredibly violent and he was a threat to other children and we were pretty close to deportation – rightly so, because he was really damaging,” explains Saira. “I used to agree [the above statement] with all my heart, but now I just can’t.”

Understanding Saira’s struggle, several commenters noted that each approach to dealing with neurodivergent behavior is different.

“There are different approaches because it affects us all differently,” noted one user. “I need medication or I can’t drive. My siblings don’t need medication. Sometimes “techniques” are not enough. That’s okay.”

We reached out to Saira via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: June 10, 2022 at 8:49 am CDT

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