A father who spent most of his childhood in care says he has been let down by the system after only just being diagnosed with a series of severe behavioural disorders.
And he’s how old?
Robert Joyce, 47, of Buntingford Road, in Monkwick, Colchester, was taken into foster care at five because his parents couldn’t cope with his behaviour.
So, we’re talking about the time when ‘behavioural issues’ weren’t described as such?
In trouble at school and with the police, he ended up committing crime and spent much of his young life in and out of youth detention centres.
And what is it that drove him to a life of crime?
But only recently he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
*sigh* The popular ‘illness’ of choice these days.
But wait! Isn’t it relatively recently that this has even been recognised (or used as an excuse, as some claim)?
Who could possibly be surprised that it wasn’t ‘identified’ 42 years ago?
Mr Joyce said: “I feel so cheated by the whole system.
“I am even considering legal action.
“I don’t understand why not one of the social workers, teachers or carers that dealt with me during my childhood was able to spot the symptoms and help me.
“Everyone failed me. If I had been diagnosed 40 years ago, I could have taken medication to help deal with my condition and get on with my life.
“But because no one bothered, my life has been a disaster.”
Are they supposed to have been aware of diagnoses to be made 42 years in the future, then? And had medications for them?
Good luck getting even the most unscrupulous of ambulance-chasing shysters to take that one on!