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 13, 2010
The Incessant Talking Part
I don't know if this is true for your bipolar child, but from what I have read in all the literature, "pressured speech" is characteristic of these kids. I am not really sure what pressured speech looks like, but for Caroline, it is perhaps the ability to talk non-stop about topics on which she is an expert, and perhaps then some. She will talk for minutes on end without picking up on any cues from her audience that they are 1. bored 2. busy or 3. doubting the veracity of her statements. This is really quite a social problem for her, as I have observed. I know another bipolar adult fairly well who has this same problem. They will not get the clue that their turn is over in the conversation and wait to hear what the other person has to say. And, they will skip so quickly from subject to subject that you don't realize they are on a completely different topic until you realize that you are completely confused as to what they are talking about now. Caroline does this, and maybe this is the result of the "racing thoughts" or her ADHD. I don't know but it is one of the more annoying penchants she has. We love her though, and even if half her stories are tall tales, we will still listen. We may question her a little, probe the facts here and there, but still listen.
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