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!

Friday, November 20, 2009

We Think It's Working!!!

The Intuniv, that is! In the last few days Mae has shown a definite change in her moods. She is focused, and much more in control of her emotions. In particular, we have noted that she is better able to handle "no's" and irritating situations without meltdowns. We are so grateful! This is her third week on the new ADHD med and the literature did say it would take three to four weeks to see results. Thank you God! Even her sisters have noticed the change. How wonderful it would be if her sisters would actually like her again. One more step in the direction of a "normal" family life (we all know the normal is relative.) I am so glad we didn't give up finding the right med for her, and thankful for the pharmaceutical companies that work hard to make better drugs.

1 comment:

Through Thick and Thin said...

thanks so much for mentioning this drug. I'm asking my son's psychiatrist about it when we see her this week. I'm crossing my fingers!