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!

Monday, July 6, 2009

She wasn't exaggerating

This is just a side note but Caroline wasn't exaggerating when she said she lost twenty pounds.  She really has, I guess from the reduction of the Seroquel, and the very strict meal schedule.  She is quite happy about going from a size 9 to a 3.  I am happy for her because weight issues for girls, especially in middle and high school, can be so traumatizing, especially when it's really not something you can control.  She will be at a better advantage when she returns to cross-country and lacrosse too.   


1 comment:

domandkat said...

OK so how come when I lose 10 pounds I only go down ONE dress size, but when Caroline loses 20 she goes down FOUR sizes. Something about this is just not fair ;-)