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, May 11, 2010
How to Know When You Need to Find a New Psychiatrist
On the CABF online support group for parents of bp teens, a woman asked what we thought about her psychiatrist suggesting that her son, age 16, who was finally doing well on his present med mix, could go off of his meds because he had probably "outgrown" the "bad behaviors" he had first exhibited nine years earlier when he was first diagnosed. What?!?! We were all appalled. Obviously this doctor is unaware that bipolar disorder is not a conglomeration of "bad behaviors" that kids can grow out of eventually. Don't we wish! Rather bipolar disorder, like Aspergers or schizophrenia is an organic, genetically influenced, biological, and chemical disorder! We emphatically suggested that she find a new psychiatrist fast. To experiment with "what happens if we just stop all of the meds" when her child is finally functional is downright cruel. Tapering one med at a time I can see. But to stop cold-turkey to see if he miraculously improves doesn't make any sense at all. Some doctors just don't get it. We have been firm with our doc, as much as we believe that he is brilliant and on the cutting edge of psychiatry, that we are unwilling to change Caroline's present med mix prescribed while at Meridell except to try tapering later because she too is the most stable she has ever been. Don't fix what isn't broken, right?
Posted by Megan at 9:25 AM