I have an 8 year old boy named Micah. As a baby Micah was incredibly sweet, and loving. He was a "perfect child" He was smart beyond his years, could read form 4th grade readers at age 5.Around age 3, Micah began having some issues in preschool where he would climb up on the book shelves or hide under tables.
I figured "he's 3..." And did not really think much of it. By the time he was 5, he had been kicked out of 4 daycare s for repeatedly assaulting staff members.Diagnosed with ADHD. I home schooled him in kindergarten. I placed in in a Montessori school in first grade he did well academically, but would physically assault the teachers and students, run from them, throw furniture.. he was then diagnosed with ODD. By age 7 he was diagnosed "ADHD, conduct disorder, mood disorder otherwise unspecified" I was told that they would not diagnose the mood disorder at his age.was placed in a class for severe behavior, where they are trained to restrain him now has has an IEP.
I have had to cut back to working weekends only due to daily calls from the school, frequent Dr visits,counseling 3 days a week, no day cares that will accept him....so it has been a financial drain as well. We are pending a disability case.
At home it is unbearable. generally, when I ask him to get his homework done, bath, brush teeth, etc... I am faced with a blowout lasting hours. He will topple over the furniture puch holes in walls, throw the drawers from his dresser. Jump on my computer desk, slam my key board. Physically hurt me.
This goes on for hours. Sometimes resulting in police being called. Then after 3 or 4 hours. As quickly as he began he will crawl up on the couch with me and its all love...as if the past 4 hours never happened. My house ripped to shreds daily within an hour of him being home. I am mentally burnt out and barely able to get through each day. He has also threatened to kill himself and family. His room no matter how often we clean it... is just horrible.
We had to remove the door, and all locks from the doors in our home fearing he would lock himself in or us in or out...Everything little thing sets him off, we have to walk on eggshells as not to trigger him. He has been on stimulants that sent him into even more powerful rages, then strattera, which at first seemed to help some... but the longer he has been on it..he has begun to regress.
Last week, my sister was diagnosed with bipolar, and I found out my grandmother had it, lights began flahing in my head...I go to the doctors today and will demand that he be tested for bipolar or I will go to another dr. I KNOW my child has bipolar. I feel like so much time has been wasted and he has lost so much of his childhood, Our family has been ripped apart,due to a wrong diagnosis.