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!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

We've Made a Decision

After talking on the phone to the admissions people at both Meridell in TX, and Inner Harbour in GA, we decided that Meridell is the better fit (we hope).  If we can get all of the paperwork done by Monday, she should be going mid-week.  She has all of her bags packed and ready by the door.  This will be a good change for everyone.  And I will finally be able to get ready to put our house on the market so we can hopefully be in a better school system for Caroline by the time she gets back in the fall or whenever.

Last night I went out with some girlfriends to dinner and had a blast.  We didn't talk about Caroline and the whole RTC thing at all.  Just laughed and ate amazing Thai food.  That was a refreshing time to just relax and have fun.  I needed that.

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