I thought the boy was adorable and the parents very well spoken. I myself would’ve been crying in front of the large audience. I could relate to much of what the mother had to share, even the feelings of being scared of your own child.
I was very familiar to the video clips shown in the episode, it looked like a typical outburst. I remember thinking how sad it was that nothing I saw or heard was outrageous, it looked like just another day in our life. It was a reminder of how far from “normal” we’ve come.
I don’t know that the audience got a complete picture of what a rage looks like. I know that when things really get bad with furniture being thrown about or abuse towards the parents, it’s almost impossible to video tape how ugly and violent a rage gets. I imagine that just like our home, the boy’s rages are much worse.
I was curious if the child’s facial tics were caused by tourettes syndrome or if it was a side effect from his medication. I was also curious about all the other labels they have received over the years and what the final diagnosis was, or if they even had one?
What moved me to tears was the final video clip of the boy who was on Oprah 11 years ago for having explosive rages. In the clip he explained that he was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder and due to a supportive family and the right medication, he’s been able to excel and use his illness in a positive way. He was a true inspiration and gave me so much hope. Watch his video clip with the link below, it will brighten your day!
So, what did you think?
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Video clip of boy’s triumph over childhood mental illness:
Video clip of mother sharing her experience:
Video clip of boy explaining how he copes with mental illness:
Their whole story:
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