Jacob. 15 years old. Youngest of three; the only boy. Might be spoiled.
Plays offline video games.
In real life, plays Basketball and Percussion (not just drums!). Likes to box for fun. Previously did Cross Country, Track, Soccer and Guitar.
Diagnosed at 8 with ADHD Inattentive Type, Mood Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD).
This year, the ODD diagnosis was dropped! Yes!
An anxiety diagnosis was added.
My theory: The behaviors caused by ADHD and others' response to them contributed to feelings of anger, resentment and an inability to handle his own emotions which led to ODD. His experiences also contributed to low self esteem, rejection sensitivity and ... you got it... anxiety.
Jake is learning to cook, clean, take care of animals, and maintain the yard. He is also managing his schoolwork well enough to graduate from an IEP to a 504! (Proud mamma here)!
He's not ready to get his driver's permit, and I am happy to wait until he is. He's even thinking about his future and seems realistically optimistic that he will figure it out when the time is right.
Jake is still working on emotional intelligence issues (who isn't??), finding healthy ways to deal with anxiety and is full swing into a sugar addiction. My positive vision for Jake is that he will figure this out and find his own path to a happy and productive adult life.