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.
Never change, start or stop a medication without the approval of your child's physician!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Some Antibiotics Can Induce Mania

After doing some research, I discovered that some psychiatrists have documented cases in which of a certain class of antibiotics induced mania, even in non-bipolar people. The antibiotics in question are in the class of ABs that include ciprofloxacin, and oxfloxacin. We just started Caroline on a course of Doryx (doxycycline) which is in the tetracycline class of ABs. Now we are suspecting that even though Doryx hasn't been implicated that I could find, that it has induced mania in Caroline. She was prescribed Doryx for acne, but at this point we will have to go another route. We do recall that she seemed to get off-balance on even Amoxicillin and Augmentin. It is so hard to keep up with all of the possible drug interactions when she takes so many psychotrophic drugs! So we will see if she returns to "normal" when the Doryx is out of her system.


domandkat said...

My nephew had all kinds of things, but my sister got him some Pro-Active and it has worked wonders! If I still had my acne problem (which I ended up on Accutane), I'd be trying it before anything else!

marythemom said...

Ooh this is soo good to know as many of my daughter's meds cause constipation which (somehow) leads to urinary tract infecitions which requires antibiotics. I wonder if her pediatrician knows this.

(We're mostly trying to treat the acne with Retin-A because it's prescription so Medicaid will pay for it).

Mary in TX

Anonymous said...

Actually I'm experiencing this now. I was given Clarithromycin for tonsillitis and with in less than two days I went to a hypo-manic episode. So the doctor gave me Penicillin instead (better) now I'm sleepy all the time. Have to do this for next 3-4 days.

I also get unbalanced to Amoxicillin. All just break my sleep and my head starts to run.