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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
In the Throes of Depression
Well, depression has certainly reared its ugly head this week. Caroline has slid into the dark pole of bipolar disorder. Today I took her to the psychiatrist, who put her on the brand name of Lamictal instead of the generic by ordering the orally disintegrating tablets. Apparently the generic version can be less effective than the brand name in this case. Hopefully this will do the trick, if not, it could be that we need to go up to 375 mg instead of 350mg. Lamictal is the one mood stabilizer with anti-depressant properties. We will give this a week before we move up to the higher dose. In the meantime, we will restart the light therapy, which we had stopped a few months back when she seemed to improve with the lamictal increase in the fall. She hasn't been able to stay at school in this sort of funk because she just wants to cry all day. Yesterday she forgot to turn in all of the make-up work due yesterday for the end of the quarter even though she had it with her. I am hoping the teachers will be understanding and accept it today when I go there to discuss it with them. If not, that will be such a bummer because she worked so hard to catch up after being sick. She is hating life right now. This afternoon she sees the psychologist, which is good, but I think this is 50% medication related and 50% related to the stress of being at a school with no friends. She is begging to be homeschooled. This is truly the last option for her. I just don't know how this is all going to turn out.
Posted by Megan at 10:14 AM