She's eight now, and has had nearly a dozen diagnoses, some from the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition), and others that are less formal.
The less formal ones—the ones that her speech and occupational therapists have provided— include:
- central auditory processing disorder
- language processing disorder
- sensory integration disorder
- Asperger's Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism
The ones from the DSM—the ones that her physicians and psychiatrists have given her:
- pervasive development disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
- mixed expressive-receptive language disorder
- generalized anxiety disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its cousin
- attention-deficit disorder, without hyperactivity, and, my personal favorite
- oppositional defiance disorder, also known as ODD.
And it's an odd world in which a little girl would have a Dx for every candle on her birthday cake, and then some.
This blog will tell the story of our life with sweet M.—and the medical, psychiatric, therapeutic, educational, and legal worlds that have shaped our life with her.