B.E.D. Let’s add that delicious morsel to our Alphabet Soup of Disorders. Today my daughter was diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder. In the thirteen years since both my daughter and son have been treated for mental illness, we have landed upon, danced around, accepted and rejected, eight diagnoses. SAD, PDD-NOS, GAD, MDD, ASD, OCD, BPD, ADD.* Now nine! BED – Binger Eating Disorder.
My daughter was six when she first visited to a pediatric psychiatrist and we still do not have an understanding of what is going on in her brain. Her wonderfully scientific and creative brain. The same brain that can identify any species of bird, cannot remember to fill the car with gas. The same brain that thinks to write me sweet notes cannot maintain a friendship. That brain can draw amazing likenesses of dinosaurs but renders her handwriting illegible.
With each additional diagnosis comes a new round of medications. Psychotropic medications take up to month to start working. So their effects can be tricky. Especially when the doctor asks you to “Increase Drug A, delete Drug B, add Drug C, take one at night, two in the morning, one on an empty stomach, one on a full stomach but not with milk, stand on your head, avoid gluten, spin around three times, and…. See me again in 60 days.”
So today’s diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder started another series of meds, another round of therapies. Well, Dr. #17 (I can’t even begin to count how many we have seen) we will try your protocol. The Pharmacist will give me that “oh, I am so sorry” look. I will spend weeks trying to find the right program for her and cross my fingers it will work (and that our insurance company will pay for it!)
Diagnosing and treating mental illness is NOT easy as ABC.
*SAD – Separation Anxiety Disorder
PDD-NOS – Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified
GAD – Generalized Anxiety Disorder
MDD – Major Depressive Disorder
ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
BPD – Bipolar Disorder
ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder