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, October 8, 2009

Time to Come Come, Honey

You know it's time for your husband to come home from a business trip when you suddenly lack any vestige of patience with your kids. Caroline got upset over Mae's bossy behavior, while I was chiding (loudly) Caroline for picking fights with her. Caroline then became very upset, burst into tears and wanted to call her daddy. She was acting much more moody yesterday and today, which may very well be signs that she is missing him. I am not her favorite parent, and if I lose it at her, she takes its pretty personally. Mae is dragging out homework again, as usual. She's doing it, at least, just at a snail's pace. Bother.

I just read that Seroquel XR has less of a weight gain reputation than its regular form. And apparently the XR version is less sedating. I looked at Caroline's prescriptions and realized she is not getting the XR version, so I will be calling her pdoc about that because why use a form of a med that isn't as great as an XR type? Every little bit helps.


domandkat said...

It may help to know that Mae's friend over here takes forever to do her homework too! Two hours the other night. And yes, Mom was losing it at her for taking so dadgum long!

Jennifer said...

I recently came across your blog. I too, have a daughter with BP.

My daughter has been taking both seroquel xr in addition to the regular release seroquel. She has also gained alot of weight with the XR.

We are hoping to significantly reduce all the seroquel an to replace it with Topomax. It is going to take about a year and a half to do this since we only remove 50 mg/wk when she is relatively stable.

Megan said...

Hi Jennifer! I'm glad you found me. That is interesting about the Seroquel XR causing weight gain also. My Caroline gained 15 pounds in three months when she first started it, but when the pdoc added in Amantadine, she lost all of it pretty fast. This is an old drug that isn't used enough in my opinion to treat the "emotional seizures" our kids have.