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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 4/26/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   

My ADHD, Bipolar and ODD son keeps running away from home.  He took off 5 times today.  Thankfully I can trust my 13 year old to keep an eye on the baby so I can take off after him.  The 5th time today I was just too emotionally drained and at a loss to run after him.  I did follow him a bit and then noticed a few of his friends hanging around and knew that he would go to them and so I went back home and called his dad at work and had him come home to deal with it.  I also called to his friends house and asked his mom to do her best to keep him from leaving their house because then I would not know where he was.  His behavior is getting terrible and out of control.  He came home from a friends house this afternoon and I was down the street picking up one of his little sisters from her friends so he decided to beat up his older sister.  When she tried to call my cell phone for help her ripped the phone out of the wall.  She finally escaped and ran down to me, but he was hot on her tail.....leaving the baby home alone.  I told my husband that I was to the point now where I think it might be time to send him to a home for youths with similar problems.  That of course started a fight between us because he does not think that is going to help and does not want to send him away.  I of course hate the idea of not having my kids with me all the time, but enough is enough.  Does anyone have any experience with their kids running away?  Maybe can offer me some advice on how to keep that from happening.  There is going to come a day when I will not hear him leave and he will get too far for me to find him and that really scares me.

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Kimberlyn-ACC, Seizure disorder and Brachial Plexus
Dylan-Bipolar, ADHD and ODD
Raeanne-ADHD and Anxiety disorder
Madalyn-our new addition

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/27/2006 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tra,
I didn't see where you said how old your son is. Reguardless, you have to keep your other children safe. You cannot let him be a danger to them. Hopefully you can accomplish this through meds and therapy but I do see how you would feel that he could no longer be in the home. I would be frightened and exhausted as well. In the end you must do what you think is best.
Take care and God Bless
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
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