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!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Two Fold Approach to Bringing Down the Mania

I had to pick Caroline up from school about an hour and a half after she got there because she was simply too agitated to be there. We have been seeing an escalation in her anger toward the boys at school. She keeps saying that it is their ceaseless noise and perverted remarks that are making her so mad, but she is definitely still "up" there. And she has been sassy at home, unduly obsessed with her novel, and having trouble sleeping. Luckily, the psychiatrist was able to squeeze her in this morning, and we decided to address the mania with two med adjustments. One, since we didn't give her the 48 hour Amantadine holiday last weekend like we should have, we will do that immediately. She does get very agitated if she is on Amantadine too long without a break. Our bad. Secondly, instead of increasing any of her present meds, we are going to put her on the natural progesterone replacement pills (Progon from NeuroScience) because her progesterone is low enough that her estrogen is much too high, and her testosterone is too high. This would explain the hard to control acne, her very heavy periods, and her irritable mood. We will try this and go back in a month. Then we will try to CalmPRT (NeuroScience again) at that time to reduce the cortisol she is putting out (lab work showed this). We are doing one supplement addition at a time so we know EXACTLY what is causing what reaction, unlike we did a few months ago. I hope these two steps will help her back to "normal." We probably won't send her to school tomorrow. I am SO glad her school is so patient and understanding about her absences!! There are very few schools that would give her this much leeway.


revisedfully said...

I hope the med changes help. It's great that Caroline was able to tell you she was feeling manic. Recognizing the break-through symptoms and tamping them down before they become full-blown is such a difficult challenge.

Kind Regards ((((Hugs))),

Corrie Howe said...

Wow. Again, I can't imagine what this is like for you. I'm glad the school is also supportive. You don't need the stress of fighting them as well as your daughter's mood swings.