Munchausen's By Proxy?
My husband has custody of his son every other weekend. The rest of the time, his son lives with his mother. I want to stress that there is NOTHING wrong with his son except that which is normal boy behavior for his age. Even though this is so, she has been getting him "diagnosed" with all sorts of mental disorders (e.g. ADD, ADHD, Social Anxiety Disorder, etc.). Most recently, she's announced that she's going to get him tested for Tourette's, which he most definitely does NOT have. Neither I nor my husband know what she is talking about since we never observe the behavior. We have, however, seen him negatively affected by the medications he's taken over the last three years (Strattera, Concerta, Adderall,Zoloft, and Sertraline, to name a few). She acts more like his pharmacist than his mother. It drives me around the bend, but I'm the stepmother, so I have little influence. My husband has had a hands-off approach with his ex-wife and let her make all the decisions regarding their son in an effort to maintain a de tente. He now feels that the latest mental health suspicion about his son (Tourette's) is over-the-top, and he is considering intervening more directly, but doesn't know where to start or how to handle it. We both feel that this is a critical time to move before she tries to put him on clonidine and an antipsychotic. His son is only 10 and has been on these drugs since he was five. I need some advice. Does anyone have any to share?