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, July 9, 2009

Private School

My husband called up the private school Caroline had attended for one week in April.  We had really liked the school and it seemed like such a great fit for her, but she was not well enough to make it work, and she freaked out and refused to go after three days.  Well, after regaining her academic confidence at the RTC, and gaining some great coping skills through therapy, she might be okay to try it again.  The headmaster left a message for us saying he was looking forward to having Caroline there in the fall.  That was a surprise!  I thought surely they wouldn't want her there.  But maybe they saw the situation for what is was:  bad timing.  I hope this might work out.  She greatly needs a small classroom with individual attention, but not an ED or special ed class.  She is so complicated!!

1 comment:

domandkat said...

Oh good! I was praying about this a few days ago. I'll now pray that this school works out this time. You are right, it sure did sound like a good place back when you tried it the first time. Now I'll pray that it's a good TIME too.