I never did like alphabet soup… you know, the tomato soup with noodles shaped like the ABC’s in it? I suppose that probably makes me an outcast as most kids like that junk. There is also another type of alphabet soup I don’t like… it’s called multiple diagnosis’. Many kids who come from traumatic backgrounds have multiple diagnosis’ such as ADHD, ADD, PTSD, RAD, ODD, DID, Autism, Aspergers, Manic Depressive, Bipolar, Schizophrenic, Anxiety Disorder, etc. You get my point. I don’t like ABC diagnosis because often times people start to see us as these diagnosis’. I have seen it very clearly in my life. I have been diagnosed with multiple of the labels I previously named… and it seems, to the people who were/are supposed to love me, that instead of being Ruby I am those labels. That is who they see me as. They see me as a RAD kid, a defiant kid, a manipulative kid. Instead of seeing me for who I am they see the diagnosis. THIS is why I don’t like ABC soup diagnosis. Because I am RUBY! I am not RAD, I am not, ODD, I am not DID. I am however a young adult who has gone through a lot in life and has had to learn to make my world work. To keep myself safe. In order to do those things, yes, I do have the traits of some of my diagnosis’… but I am a human before I am a psychological diagnosis. I am a human before I am a behavior. I am a human before I am any type of label. I also think that a lot of the ABC diagnosis is mis-diagnosed in a lot of kids. For example, I don’t think that a lot of kids diagnosed with RAD truly have RAD. I think that they have had a traumatic experience and/or background that has caused them to be weary of who they trust and how they display their affection. They are fearful and angry–but not un-attachable. If the kids diagnosed with RAD really had RAD they wouldn’t be healing and attaching to their families as they are, in my opinion. I do believe that there are kids that DO have the dx… but I also feel that it is being over-diagnosed and quite frankly, I don’t like it. I am very glad they are removing RAD from the DSM-IV and replacing it with Developmental Trauma Disorder. I like this because I feel it will eliminate kids from having to deal with alphabet soup for the rest of their lives as well as it will help the parents to seek help for their kids. I also think that it will help other people realize that we are HUMAN before we are RAD, ODD, ADHD, and so on. I hope it helps others realize that we are HUMAN and we are not what we are labeled… we are human before behavior and all other things. So… hopefully this is goodbye to diagnosis alphabet soup and hello realization!