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, 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.

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...


domandkat said...

Remember you all are invited to our house :-)

Megan said...

After all of the changing plans, I had forgotten about that! If my sister decides to stay here, then we will have thanksgiving at our house with them. If not, let's talk. We have other people we would be inviting from CG.

Cinda said...

Your website looks great! I almost didn't recognize you! Oh, boy, I could comment pages on the November cycle. Four Novembers ago daughter Linea was hospitalized for a drug overdose. She was manic and prescribed anti-anxiety meds....she was 19. Last November she was swaying but staying stable. This November she is fighting a depression and has just had lithium added to the mix. But she is managing it ON HER OWN with help from us as requested. Her therapist is working with her on PTSD because it seems that the cycles (when they are really bad) are remembered by the body so the therapist feels that if Linea works on the trauma of the overdose and understands this time of year better she can be more proactive. I still freak out but she is now at a point where she asks me to help her with some chores when she is feeling so crummy. Linea is finishing college, living in an apartment, writing and speaking about bipolar AND asking her mom to mail packages for her and help with her laundry. Because she is managing her bp. YAY!! It takes time and more time and lots of anguish but I believe that it will settle down for your dear daughter! Oh yes, and Linea's birthday is 11/28! Take care, hold on, breathe!

Corrie Howe said...

Novembers and not fun at our house either. So far, going well. I hope that all works out for your family as well.