About our Daughter

I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 17, 19, 21, and 23, and wife to the greatest husband on earth. God has given us a special child to raise one who was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven, though she showed signs of it from the age of fifteen months. She also has ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder (sensory seeking), Dyslexia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder-NOS, all typical comorbidities for a bipolar child. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running (finished her first marathon in October of 2014!), and reading and writing her own books. I will share with you the many joys and sorrows we have faced and will face in the future with the hope that you may find better understanding about this mental illness caused by both chemical and structural abnormalities in the brain. I desire that you will be encouraged by this blog if you are also dealing with a bipolar child. Thank you for reading and sharing in our journey.

How Did You Know She Was Bipolar So Young?

I wrote a long explanation of how we came to this bipolar diagnosis in a child so young under my post of March 19th of 2009. If your child or a child you know bears similarities, please seek out a good psychiatrist and don't wait for "things to get better." Often they will simply get worse, and the longer a child is unmedicated, the more damage their brain can accrue. Early diagnoses and treatment are key to providing these children with a chance at a successful life later as a teen and an adult.
Never change, start or stop a medication without the approval of your child's physician!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Thought

I just wanted to share that one of the reasons we try to do these kind of things with our girls, especially Caroline, is that we would build memories and form tighter bonds with them.  I feel like the mommy/daughter trips that I have taken with all but the youngest have made them more trusting of our relationship in general.  But another, kind of morbid thought I have, is that we might not have Caroline for as long as we want to.  The suicide rate of bipolar persons is 15%.  Because she has been diagnosed as pretty severely bipolar, I often think that because I don't know the future, I want to bless her now in every way, not to spoil her, but so that I (we) will not have any regrets later that we didn't do the things we wanted to with her, and with all of our kids.  That's why we are going to Disneyland and Seaworld this spring break.  To build memories, hopefully the good kind, so our kids will remember that life wasn't all chaos and stress.  I am a little nervous about the trip, because of the potential for crisis everyday with Caroline, but we just need to give it our best effort and refuse to let bipolar disorder dictate what we can do together as a family. 


Sarah said...

I ran across your blog from another blog and wanted to pat you on the back for doing this. I don't want to be one of those sad stories but do want to tell you that bipolar has touched my family deeply and what I've read here makes me feel thankful that your family has such amazing parents that have made great decisions. The way you've decided to protect your older children while also caring for Caroline completely is something to applaud as it is quite the difficult task.
Keep up the hard, good work. You're not alone.

Megan said...

Thanks Sarah. Bp disorder is devastating to everyone around them at times. Thanks for the encouragement. We have a long road ahead of us, but just one step at a time, right?