November means Thanksgiving, which is a whole other issue. Where do we have Thanksgiving? Do we travel three hours up to see my husband's family and risk having it all ruined by an unpredictable child? Or do we stay here and host Thanksgiving, still not knowing how Caroline might be on that day? I think we are staying here, although the kids would much rather travel. We'll see...
About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 15, 17 and 19, 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. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, 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.
Monday, November 9, 2009
When I posted about the annual period of mania, I am referring not just to the fall, but to November. Last November was when everything went to hell in a hand basket. Caroline had the worst fall of her life last year (and ours too), ending up with spending over a month in the hospital. I have seen other parents struggle with November as well with their bipolar child.
Posted by Megan at 9:58 AM