Is This The Start?
Last week, when Mom arrived to pick Lyn up from day hab, the staff asked to speak to Mom in the office without Lyn. They had to advise Mom that a report was necessary due to a significant "change in behavior." Lyn got aggressive with another client.
The other client doesn't like to speak and the team works to encourage him to use his words. They had just succeeded in getting him to sing into a toy microphone. Afterwards, everyone laughed and clapped for him and he began to sing again. The staff stepped into the other room and Lyn took that moment to make her move. She jumped up, got into his face and screamed "Shut up! Shut up now!" He kept singing and the staff came at a run. Lyn stormed off to the restroom in tears.
We don't know if she was angry that another person was the center of attention. We don't know if something else caused her to feel confusion or threatened. However, the staff was right to intervene immediately to protect the other client. While Lyn did not strike him, her outburst was out of character. Normally, she would have been unhappy and then complained about it to Mom on the way home.
Lyn's internal governor is failing and seems to be failing quickly. This incident has been documented by day hab and is being included in the reports to Lyn's case managers. It will also be documented with her physician. Mom and I are actively discussing the need to medicate Lyn. It is looking more and more like mood stabilizers are in need. Her physician disagreed the last time they met. However, this incident or another like it before their next quarterly appointment may be the tipping point.