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, September 28, 2009

Raging All Day, and it's Not Caroline!

Glad we have a psychology appointment today for our youngest, who has severe ADHD. Besides being incredibly distractable, she is now raging over everything and nothing, all day long. I don't like this, because this is what Caroline did a lot at this age. I am so stressed out I feel like I am having a panic attack right now. We have been secretly filming her so the psychologist and psychiatrist can see how bad she is. I am suspicious of the purely ADHD diagnosis. I hope she isn't bipolar. I don't see the ADHD meds working to reduce her rages at all. I told Bill I may not be able to homeschool her if this continues, because it is unfair to Jane and to me.


Corrie Howe said...

I am praying that your appointment goes well tomorrow. It must be hard on everyone.

Megan said...

Thank you!!!!!