Melissa David, MSW, LICSW, is a clinical social worker and mother of two. Her oldest child began exhibiting unusual behaviors at age four, when he was nearly kicked out of preschool for sometimes violent outbursts. He was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by age 5. By age 8, his violent outbursts became so terrifying that he was hospitalized and diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD). Having spent nealy 15 years working with adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses in the community, David felt she should be able to navigate her child's mental health world, too. This proved frustrating, sometimes scary, and definitely isolating. Other parents didn't understand, and the ones who did kept quiet due to fears of stigma. She writes about her personal experience in the hope that the lessons she has learned in the process can help others with similar experiences.