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!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Forming Support Group

I have decided to pursue forming a local support group for parents of bp kids.  I think I will call it Tidewater Parents of Bipolar Kids.  There is another local group that is associated with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, but I wanted to form one associated with the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, which has a tighter focus on kids.  I love their website.  At this point, we know enough professionals to bring in monthly as speakers.  I have already advertised the first meeting via CABF which helps connect people with support groups, but also I will advertise in local magazines and through Caroline's therapist, who counsels a number of BP kids.  
Also, I have joined an online support group for moms of bp teens through CABF.  The combined knowledge among all of the participants is amazing.  I used to belong to one of these before but it was several years ago and the postings scared me.  Now, I can read the trials of these other families without flinching because we have been through a lot already.

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