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!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Such a Difference in School This Year

In the past, Caroline has been difficult to keep in one school for an entire year. She hasn't had behavioral issues in school very much at all since she was 10, and usually the reasons for leaving had to do less with her behavior and more with the environment not turning out a good one for her learning style. This year she is the only kid in the 7th and 8th grade without a single demerit for bad behavior at school (including chewing gum) since the beginning of the school year. Way to go Caroline! A miracle really. It is good to have things to celebrate after years of heartache.


asplashofsunshine said...

Great job Caroline!!!

domandkat said...

Amen sister!!!!

Way to go Caroline!