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  •  Sounds a lot like my daughter (6+ / 0-)

    She was diagnosed as bi-polar as a child. And she spent some weeks in a locked ward like the one described in the diary. She was pretty far out of control at that time. And we went through a rough time with her.

    For a while it was pretty common to give kids a bi-polar diagnosis, with the understanding that it isn't like bi-polar in adults, but I think the pendulum is swinging back the other way a bit now, and it's not so clear that a bi-polar diagnosis is the right way to explain irritability and emotional unpredictability. or violent outbursts: at least in many cases it isn't the right answer. My daughter was finally diagnosed with Asperger's and from what I know now that makes a lot more sense in explaining her set of issues. Asperger's can go along with emotional meltdowns and also over-sensitivity to touch, sound, and other stimuli. In my daughter's case she also suffers quite a bit from depression and anxiety.

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