Can a child be diagnosed with bipolar disorder?
Rory is four. His parents find his condition impossible to live with
Katie Glass Published: 9 February 2014
Her mother says she has seen signs of Xavia’s bipolar since she was two. She wouldn’t sleep, or she’d crash out for whole days Her mother says she has seen signs of Xavia’s bipolar since she was two. She wouldn’t sleep, or she’d crash out for whole days (Tom Pilston)
Rory jabs a blue brick at me, grinning. “Will you make me a Lego tower?” he asks, Chocolate Button eyes peering up from under baby-soft hair. Together, Rory — who’s four and a half — and I are going to make the absolute biggest, best Lego tower in the whole world. He jabbers away, darting around his room picking up books and toys to show me. He is very cute and charismatic, just like his mother, Jayne, said he’d be. “He looks angelic,” she’d said, looking tired, “that’s why it’s so hard to get anyone to believe us.”
Dave and Jayne were both 29 when they had Rory, their first child. As a toddler, he began displaying behaviour associated with autism: slapping, spinning, walking on his toes. His play was strange, repetitive, hyper-focused. Then he began performing “little acts of aggression”, Jayne says. He was urinating and defecating all over the house.
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