Is Anyone A Parent Of A Child With This Disorder?
We adopted a troubled teenager a few years ago, she has since been identified as having this. Um, Wow- what a difficult person to live with! I feel so bad for those of you who have a parent with this diagnosis, how damaging this must be for you emotionally. It is a constant, daily stress trying to keep a peaceful relationship with her. Some of her behaviors are just shocking- like starting a fight with other girls so she could get suspended and we would have to pick her up from school because her grandmother was dying of cancer and she couldn't stand everyone paying so much attention to her. Then there are the little, daily things like secretly peeking at peoples birthday gifts so that when everyone is about to watch the birthday girl/boy open gifts, she can shout out what they are (ruining the surprise) and everyone looks at her, giving her that much desired attention. (They don't care if it's good or bad attention, either!) Slowly but surely we are taking baby steps to normalcy but it is a rough journey, and my sympathies are with you all.