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, September 22, 2009

Ooops! Don't take with Orange Juice!

Just read the most ADHD meds should not be taken within an hour of drinking citrus juices or anything with vitamin C, because the acid reduces the absorption of the medicine! Note to self...


BipolarPorch.com Blog said...

Wow. You really have your hands full.

I bet you find the current debate on kids being over-diagnosed, potentially, a bit of an interesting debate having experienced the actual disorder(s) on the front lines each day in your home.

Great blog. Keep posting!

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Megan said...

Thanks. I think a lot of kids are under-diagnosed, or wrongly diagnosed. Not every kid has a mood disorder or ADHD, but who comes through life unscathed by something?

purple penguin said...

Thanks for the note to self, it helped me also. My son is ADD and i have been trying to get hi to take Vitamin C pil;ls in the morning for cold season. So now those will have to waint til dinner. Thanks

domandkat said...

Good gracious! It's enough some days to want to check yourself in at your own RTC! How on earth are you supposed to keep all that stuff straight?!?!?!?