"It was these ups and downs that I think I dismissed as being a wild child, but now, knowing Cody’s diagnosis, it makes sense."
Cody was a handful as a child, so I think when – I think that I used to dismiss it as him just being a wild child. But looking back at it now, I realize he was very manic in his behaviors - that he’d get so angry and lash out and then the next minute be completely fine like nothing had happened, or he wasn’t even phased by the fact that he had lashed out. And then he would be perfectly fine to go to school. So it was these ups and downs that I think I dismissed as being a wild child, but now, knowing Cody’s diagnosis, it makes sense that he was having this kind of erratic behavior and then just stopping.
What I thought were night terrors weren’t actually night terrors. I think that it was actually him seeing things in the dark that would, in his mind, be coming alive or coming near him. And it would make him kind of paranoid and a little skittish. As we got older, I think that his dropping interest in things and having prolonged periods of seclusion really was another symptom I noticed looking back at it.
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