Ricky Holland

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

He's diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, ADHD, and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), among others. He doesn't have his medications, and no one knows just what to expect.

His was a troubled childhood. Ricky first came to Tim and Lisa Holland's home as a foster kid when he was three.

"We thought we could do it," Lisa says. "We just wanted to give him a good start, a second chance," Tim adds.

He was never an easy kid, but they made him a part of their family because they love him.

Friday night, Tim says he and Ricky had something of a fight. True, his impulsive son's runaway before, but they say it was never anything more than curiosity. More importantly, it was never for more than a few hours.

"The child with mental health issues, doesn't know when to draw back from that," explains Dr. Marsha Rappley.

She's a specialist in developmental and behavioral psychology. She says with Ricky's conditions, rare for a child his age, her concerns with how his special needs affect him if he's out there.

She adds his judgments likely hurt further by his isolation from his family.

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