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.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Merry Christmas to All!
I am wishing you a Merry Christmas and a great New Year! May this year be filled with peace, as much as it can be, while you care for your challenging child. I am grateful that this Christmas is a much better one this year for our family now that we have a mostly stable child, so unlike last year when hope seemed so far away. I pray that if you are struggling this year with a child who isn't doing well at all, that you may find hope and help in the coming year, and time for yourself. Take care and hold your loved ones close, and remember that God holds us and our children in the palm of His Hand! "He shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace...." Isaiah 9:6.
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