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, November 19, 2009

Soap Box Postscript

I just wanted to add to my rant last night that my husband and I are well aware that we are highly imperfect parents. We have made mistakes, and will make mistakes, with our kids. The last post may have sounded a bit arrogant, as if we are expert authorities in the matter of medicating vs. not medicating. Actually, we have so much to learn, and our kids know it too! We most certainly have had bad parenting moments when you think your kids will never forgive or forget, but we know that in the grand scheme of things, as we continue to admit our weaknesses and ask forgiveness, our children will learn that life isn't about perfection, or hiding our issues. Life is o only lived at its fullest when we live authentically. Hopefully they will see that we need grace as much as they do, and that our deep love for them keeps us seeking the best we can provide for them as they are growing up, not so much materially, but rather emotionally, educationally, and spiritually. I think they call it character building.

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