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!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Increasing Lamictal Not Supposed to Cause Mania

For those who are interested to know, Caroline's pdoc said that the Lamictal was most likely not the cause of the mania this past week, even the increase. Lamictal is a mood stabilizer so it wouldn't induce mania, but rather control it. Likely it was the antibiotic or she simply got into a bad sleep cycle which can always bring on mania. I am glad, because Lamictal has been a wonderful pseudo anti-depressant for her.


Anonymous said...

Hi Megan,
I enjoyed reading your blog. You might want to check out my blog at juniajuliajulie.blogspot.com I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and see a lot of children. My blog is called Christian, Mom, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I hope it was not the Lamictal that caused the mania in your daughter but it has been known to do that. Its my favorite mood stabilizer. If it was that then hopefully it was transient. I am on a professional psychiatric pharmacology listserve and lamictal causing mania or being activating has been discussed several times but I think its extremely rare. Best wishes to you and your family,

Cinda said...

I am glad that Caroline is a little more comfortable at least at the point of the last email. Daughter Linea and I have been on the circuit presenting at conferences. We had a long midnight chat in bed in our hotel room a couple of nights ago. She talked about her fears of meds over the long run and was so articulate about her dignosis that it was all I could do not to cry. Instead I said things to acknowledge her feelings and try to normalize it and assure her as best I could. Ohhhh, our babies! Sometimes it is just "not fair" but 99% of the time I feel so lucky given I am privy to lives that are much, much worse off than ours. As usual, take care of you!

Meg said...

Lamictal made my son manic within 3 days of starting it. It has an activating quality which is is why it is used as an antidepressant. I have an adult friend on it and she actually likes it for the activating quality it has on her.

Megan said...

Wow, Meg. I am wondering now if we need to back Hannah off of the Lamictal instead of increasing it. Hmmm...We will see how the next couple of days go for her. She is finally back at school. How her behavior is at school is often a good indicator of how she is REALLY doing.