When you see my son, what do you see? Do you see the happiness he can have most of the time? Do you see that he can be sly at any given moment? Do you see how much he loves his family?
Can you see that my son is Bipolar (classed as Mood Disorder), with OCD, ADHD, Asperger’s Tendencies,Manic Depression, an Anxiety Disorder, Tardive Dyskenesia and a Behavior Disorder?
When our children with these ‘problems’ have an “off” day of lashing out and being ‘abnormal’, it is OUR normal. We have gotten used to the stares and whispers out in the public eye. Especially when an episode from the Mania he experiences just suddenly pops up during a shopping trip or other outing.
Sure all is fine and good with the world around us….Until *it* happens. Bryce’s eyes glaze over in a “haze” and get a more sharp tone. His voice is quiet. His movement almost at a stand still. Then it happens. OUTBURST!
Next thing I know, I am having to take Bryce off to the side to talk him down, maybe even bear hug him from behind. Otherwise he is going to try and knock things over, run off, or hit someone (mainly me or his sisters).
And this is where the world’s judges come in. They gawk and stare at the “evil” little boy and the parents that obviously can’t “control” their kid. They see that as one of us is dealing with Bryce, the other is trying to maintain calmness with Hayley and Skyler, as to not have them feel upset or embarrassed.
Once everything is said and done, the calm comes as the storm passes. And everything is as it once was before the episode hit. And yes, these can occur at ANY given moment at ANY time of day, in ANY place (even in the home).
What you see as an “outsider” looking in though is NOT what I see. I don’t see the “evil” little child that is unruly and needs his “ass whipped more often”.
What I personally see as Bryce’s mother, and Scott sees in his son as the boy’s father is the potential that our son has to become a normal and productive member of society.
Bryce is in mainstream classes at school. And in ADVANCED Math and Reading classes.
He has friends and a ‘social life’.
Bryce loves to play games on the computer.
My boy is a major Hot Wheels and Zhu Pets junkie.
He has a wonderful talent for knowing about Astronomy and Science in general.
But Bryce also requires monthly Psychiatric sessions because to help curb MOST of the symptoms of all of his disabilities, he needs medication. And to be sure that the medicines are working properly, there are no adverse affects, and that he is overall doing well, he must see a “shrink”.
Okay, yes I said that I “drug” my kid. But, there are SO MANY misconceptions about the medications that are given to Psychiatric patients. Especially those given to children.
My son is not a “zombie’. He is not “foaming at the mouth” or listless. He is functioning at a better rate for his age THANKS TO those drugs. And it helps curb the ideals for him to go and get a hammer or knife and hold it up at me, all the while saying he is GOING TO KILL ME.
Yep, that’s actually happened a few times over the years. Why do you think I have to keep the tool room locked? Mainly with the hammer. I don’t remember him ever trying it with a knife. But he has raised scissors, ready to strike at me.
What this is all boiling down to is that for parents such as myself, we are tired of “professionals” telling us what we do or do not know. No one knows our children better than us. And when we cry out for help, we EXPECT someone to be there, listen and do RIGHT by our kids. Not pass us off and think that they ‘know’ our children. When that happens, dangerous or even fatal errors can occur.
Same goes for society as well. When you see a parent dealing with an “evil little brat”, don’t assume that the kid is just a ‘bad seed’ and the parent is just not “parenting right”. Look at the scene a little closer. Try for a second to put yourself in their shoes. Because their child might be Special too.
Hidden Disabilities get the most “heat” in this nation (USA) and passed off by the general public more than it should be. It’s time to stand back and get to know the person before judging them. They are human too and all they ask for, like anyone else is some compassion, understanding, and caring.