Meet Tori: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Tori is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event Tori and her family will discuss her health journey, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s role in providing her with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like her.

Since birth, Tori has struggled with social interactions and would often get frustrated. Around 5 years old, she started showing signs of depression. Due to her age, it took a few years to reach a conclusion but eventually she was diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), anxiety and ADHD.

“It wasn’t until we ended up at Connecticut Children’s that someone actually listened to us and gave us direction,” says Jen, Tori’s mother. “Having answers and a path can mean the world to a family that feels lost. Knowing we had ways to help her gave us hope.”

Finding ongoing behavioral health care for Tori has been tough. Since diagnosis, identifying the right medicine and regular counseling have led to improvement in her outbursts and behavior.  

“This will be something she will work through for her lifetime, but the tools she is currently learning will set her up for success in the long run,” says Jen.

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