How do you explain mental illness to a child with Autism? Are you blunt in your explanations? Should it be explained? In our family, we have a child with severe mental illness. He is currently in the hospital. At home we have his siblings, how do we explain to the siblings the depth of the their brother’s illness? Or do we just not talk about it? In our house, everyone knows that David has needs that can’t be cared for at home. They understand that life at home is better without the constant stress of having David here. They understand lots of things, such as they don’t have to barricade themselves in their rooms. They can leave their stuff unhidden because David isn’t here to steal anything. They know that the animals are healthy because David isn’t here to poison them. Yet. They miss David.
David has been really struggling lately with his mental illnesses. I use plural for a reason. Today, a lot happened. He became combative. It took four adults to restrain this 80 pound boy. He becomes very strong when he is on this part of his “cycle”. Meds don’t work, calming techniques don’t work. The only solution is to put him in psych until he is stable again. I applaud his care team for taking this step. They didn’t do it without talking to his parents first. In fact, it was our idea based on what they told me he was doing. It is not a healthy thing for him to continue on this path, so we need to make some changes. A major reason that we did determine to place him in psych was that he took his shoe laces and wrapped them around his neck. tightly. He has scars
Since David’s placement I have experieced something of an identity crisis. For a long time our lives were all about him. David did this. David did that. David needs to see his psychiatrist. David needs a different med. David assaulted so and so. David poisoned the dog. David took. Somedays I am lost without him getting into things and causing trouble. Other days I am so very thankful for the residential placement that he is in now. Today we are staffing David at the residential faciility. Maybe Tweet #fighting4answrs