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.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The Pain of Friendlessness
Nothing is more painful than to watch your precious bipolar teen daughter go so many years without a single close friend. Any friend for that matter. She is able now to make and keep friends, we believe, but she has no opportunity, between the predominance of boys in her grade at school, and the only other few girls there are cool at best, and at worst just plain mean. Similarly, the youth group at our church is predominantly made up of boys with the few other teen girls uninterested in Caroline because they have known her since she was very young and are wary of Caroline's past strange behaviors when she was unbalanced. Our neighborhood has no girls of her age in it, and so she struggles on weekends with what to do with herself. She is sick of having only adult "friends" who love and care for her, but who aren't peers. She is a very lonely girl. Today was another day of mourning the lack of anyone she could call up and hang out with, and we as her parents are at a loss as to how to fix this sad situation. Club lacrosse will start soon and so that may be a venue for making friends, but her last club soccer experience was a disaster socially, so we are not so sure this will be better. Oh, that God would bring one friend into her life that she could trust and not see disappear after a month!
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