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!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Three More Days!

In three days, Caroline will return home. I am truly looking forward to hugging her and making her feel at home again. Her little sisters are quite excited about this, the older one not so much, but we'll work through it. Caroline sounds so amazingly normal whenever we talk to her: no baby talk, no whining, so blame shifting, just a normal, happy teenager. We are just wondering if she can keep up the good work. The social skills group she starts through Southeastern Skill Builders should help a lot with this. See the link on the sidebar if you are interested in finding a group like this for your child. I wish we would have found this earlier.

My husband is still painting her room. He is a real perfectionist so he takes a bit longer than a contractor probably would, but the end result will be nice.

Off-topic: my youngest is pretty severely ADHD and we have been experimenting with her meds a little. Result: when she takes her stimulant in the morning, she is sweet and pleasant all day, very few explosions or meltdowns. When she doesn't take it, we have meltdowns all day. So the lesson is: she really needs her Focalin everyday even if it is not during the school year. Nice to finally figure it out. I had resisted giving this to her but it was to our detriment, not just her own. Sometimes we just need to medicate our kids if we want them to succeed in school, relationships, their futures. Not every kids needs medication, but there is no shame if they do.

1 comment:

Accidental Expert said...

I'm so happy for you and your family. Glad to hear your daughter is doing better...and that the meds are working for your younger daughter.

My son is still in the hospital and is turning out to be med resistant, so we're worried about his return.

Take care.