Have any of you folks ever had to deal with a manic child? I don’t believe it’s very common.
Having asked that question, I want to vent about what is going on in the Lost and Tired house right now.
Gavin is manic, very, very manic. When he goes manic, we experience a myriad of symptoms. For starters, he kicks into extremely scattered mode.
When he becomes extremely scattered, he talks constantly, about random and often incoherent things. When I say constantly, I mean constantly. He never stops talking and it drives me crazy, as it’s doing now.
He will walk into a room and just start talking, and he doesn’t seem to care about who he interrupts. This is very likely do to his lack of impulse control, which believe it or not, is far, far worse when he’s manic. It’s so frustrating because, on one hand, I know he has little if any control over this, but on the other hand this behavior is so incredibly disruptive?
One of the other things that happens is that Gavin kicks into super high speed mode. Everything he does, he does at a very high rate of speed and in an extremely uncoordinated fashion. What typically happens, is that he falls, slams into or trips over just about anything.
I mentioned impulse control earlier, or rather, lack there of. Tonight, Gavin was laying in bed and thought it would be a good idea to try and balance his filled, metal water bottle on one finger, directly above his face. It didn’t end well for him. The water bottle came crashing down and hit him in the face.
This is on top of all the other behavioral issues we normally deal with.
The truth is, I can’t take anymore. He is driving me insane. To say this is exhausting, would be a horribly gross understatement.
What makes it so exhausting is that I try so incredibly hard to remain patient with him. All I can do is attempt to phase out the annoying behaviors and address them when needed.
At this point, there is very little that can be done as his Lithium levels are at the top side of where they should be. All we can do is wait this cycle out and try desparetly to survive it.