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 24, 2010

Meridell Got It Right

Today we got a survey in the mail from Meridell Achievement Center, the RTC that our daughter went to this past summer. They send these surveys to former patients every few months, asking about whether or not their medications have been changed at all, if there have been any hospitalizations, or incarcerations (let's hope never!), and also about aggression, both physical and verbal. In particular, they want to know if her aggression has continued to be at a much lower level than before her stay there. The answer is a resounding YES! She used to rage a lot before she went to Meridell, and now it is almost never. She occasionally gets verbally sassy and mean toward her sisters, but so do they. What siblings don't fight? And like I said before, this is the first year that she has not been hospitalized in the fall or the late winter. Meridell's specialty is stabilizing kids who are very explosive and aggressive. I have to give them a standing ovation. Whatever they are doing is right on the mark.


Vampi said...

I think that's just fantastic. It's got to be a relief to you and Caroline, as well as your family. I hope things continue on this much better course :)

Fighting for my Children said...

Thats great! Im glad things are getting better.

Jen said...

I have told several people about Meridell because of what they've done for Caroline. So wonderful that they really got to the heart of the matter with her.

marythemom said...

Did I know your daughter went to Meridell too? I think I did. I have a survey from them sitting on my briefcase to be filled out.

Mary in TX