About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 16, 17 and 20, 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. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, 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, January 30, 2010
Summer Camps for Bipolar Kids
I have been researching on the internet and through the CABF online support group for summer camps specializing in bipolar kids. There aren't a lot of camps out there that are therapeutic, not the tough-love, wilderness camps types for juvenile delinquents, but I found a couple of good ones. I have listed them under Great Resources below with the links. We may send Caroline to one of them this summer. Two of them are definitely geared toward bipolar kids and teens, and the other is for any exceptional child who is stable, but it looks like bipolar disorder would not be foreign to the staffers.
Posted by Megan at 6:54 PM