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.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Intuniv Trial
Since so many have asked, I think the Intuniv is still a great drug for our youngest, Mae. She is much calmer and gets her homework done more quickly, and wakes up in a much better mood. I can tell when it wears off in the late evening, though, because she becomes very grumpy. But she is also really tired from school and ballet so sometimes it is hard to know. I do know that my oldest was just awful on a stimulant when she was younger, very irritable, never smiled, not the same kid. I wouldn't say that Intuniv has affected Mae like that. I think she is moody partly because she has a lot of learned bad behaviors from years of dealing with a bipolar sibling! She wants to be the diva, but she has no excuse. We did baby her too much while Caroline raged through her elementary years. Life was crazier then. Now it is better and we are trying to "un-diva" Mae so we can all have some peace.
Posted by Megan at 8:42 PM