At age three, Marcus was kicking, biting, and hitting, and having fits of rage. His mother, Kimberly, took him to a doctor, but was told that Marcus would outgrow these behaviors. When Marcus stopped sleeping, Kimberly stayed up with him to make sure he was safe. She had to quit her job to stay home and take care of Marcus. But he was still having problems, so Kimberly took him to another doctor, who diagnosed him with ADHD and prescribed medication. Marcus’s behaviors still did not improve, so during one of his fits of rage, Kimberly called the Crisis Management Team. Marcus began receiving treatment at a local facility, where he was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and sleep disorder. Thanks to Ms. Williams’s advocacy, Marcus is now getting the treatment he needs to be the best that he can be.
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