About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 15, 17 and 19, 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.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Mania, Again, Self-Diagnosed
Caroline just told me that she has been feeling manic the last several days, having inappropriate thoughts, not sleeping well. This might explain the definite OCD-like attitude with the book she has been writing, her loquaciousness, and her sassiness the last few days. I am so proud that she decided to tell me that she was feeling this way without a big crisis making it obvious. Yay! She is growing in maturity all the time. I don't know which med we should increase, the Lamictal, the Trileptal, or the Seroquel. I will call her psychiatrist for an appointment and also see if I can get advice while we are waiting. She is on a high dose of all of those, so I am not sure what would come next medication-wise. Spring is such a hard time, as the body clock has to adjust to more daylight and then the DST ends too. Maybe she is on too much Lamictal now.
Posted by Megan at 3:14 PM