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!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Reply to Question on NeuroScience, Inc.

I am having trouble finding some of the recent comments while we were away. I do remember someone asking if we are using the NeuroScience supplements. Yes, and no. We started to a few months ago, starting four different supplements at once, then Caroline got off balance, but it was during a season change and so we weren't sure if it was the usual seasonal mood shift, or if the supplements were causing the change. So we stopped them, but recently we restarted with one at a time, starting with Progon, an all natural progesterone replacement because she is so low on that hormone that it makes her estrogen dominant. The next one we will use in a month or so will be the Calm PRT, to address her cortisol imbalance (way too high in the am.) So the jury is out on the effects. I will let you all know as soon as we see a change, for better or worse.


snowdriftd said...

Did you have her tested for these imblances? What kind of specialist can do this?

Megan said...

Yes, she was tested by a legit company, NeuroScience Inc, for neurotransmitter levels, hormones, etc. Our psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Parker, takes a somewhat different approach to treating hard-to-treat patients with a combination of traditional psych meds and all natural supplements based on these tests. You kind find a link to his blog on my blog as well as Neuro Science under Great Resources/Websites.