Teresa - posted on 08/10/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hello.. I am a single mother of 3 kids. My oldest is now about to turn 14. When she was born I knew that she had a rough road ahead of her because I had lost my water at 20 weeks. I knew from the beginning that early intervention was vital for her so I never skipped a beat she was developementally delayed from the beginning spending most of her early life in therapy. When my daughter turned 4 she started getting very violent and I feared for my other childs safety. I took her to so many doctors knowing that her level of aggressiveness was not normal. Over the next few years they were telling me she was ADHD and bipolar. We went through many antipsychotics and years of in and out mental institutions. When my father died when she was 11 was the tipping point, I started screaming at the professionals that they were wrong and there is a big picture that explains everything. By now she had the diagnosis list of; ADHD, ODD, RND, bipolar, anxiety, ect. We were then sent to this doctor that heard my frustration and cries and said lets start over. At last he explained to me that she had been picked apart and the reason the meds didnt work is because she is autistic. From what I understand is that the reason she was so hard to diagnose is because she has more control than a traditional autistic but now that treatment got started so late chances of a normal life is slim. Of all we have been through I am just happy now that we are finally traveling down the right road to recovery and I will never give up. I hope that my story helps others with a simular situation because god knows this is all frustrating and it's very easy to feel alone when we really are not.