As Caroline has moved into the teen years, we have seen less and less of these "mixed-states" and much more of the classic swing between mania and depression. This has been easier to deal with by far. I don't know if this would be true for every bp child as they move into the teen years, but I do think that many of them become more classic BP I or II. As awful as it is to have bipolar disorder, I will take the adult version over the child version any day. I hope that if your child is experiencing the rages that cause so much damage to your home, to their relationships, and to themselves, that you will hang in there and know that there is hope that these rages can lessen over time.
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.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Growing out of the "Mixed-State?"
I do believe that our daughter has grown out of the "mixed-state" as it is called, when a bp child exhibits both depression and extreme agitation and energy at the same time. This is the most dangerous stage for these kids, because their energy level combined with their negative and angry thoughts combine to cause them to lash out physically against themselves and others. When an adult experiences depression, they usually become listless, lack energy to care for themselves or others, and withdraw. But a bp child can be quite depressed, even suicidal, and have a huge amount of energy creating havoc in their homes and schools if not treated quickly with the right meds.
Posted by Megan at 10:01 AM