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, November 17, 2009

It's That Obvious, Huh?

Yesterday, I met with my therapist to discuss our youngest's behavioral issues. If you recall, she is the one who is stirring up the pot these days. She has the type of ADHD that includes explosivity, defiance, meltdowns, and the like. Now she is on Intuniv, the newest non-stimulant ADHD med, and showing some signs of improvement, which, we were told, would happen after about three to four weeks. We have taken her off of the Methlyn, after seeing that it just made her angrier, though focused.

Anyway, the therapist said that last week when Mae and I were in her office, that she noticed how differently I was breathing when I was in the room without Mae, and then when she joined us. She said that when it was just me, I was calm, relaxed, and breathing normally. But as soon as Mae was asked to come into the room, she saw me tense up and my breathing changed to basically holding my breath, and then exhaling in big sighs. Anxious breathing, she called it. My husband has certainly noticed it, and I thought I breathed like that all of the time because the kids were always noticing it too, but I guess that there are times when I don't breathe anxiously, apparently when I am not with my kids. Hmm....(breathing, breathing)

1 comment:

Corrie Howe said...

Praying for you and your situation where you can breath more relaxed around them...enjoy them.

The last two years has been a transformation for me after I read a book called "From Fear to Freedom" bu Rose Marie Miller.

Of course, the Lord did the most transformation in me. The book just brought about my need to look to Him for this transformation.