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!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Intuniv + Vyvanse= Amazing Results

Our youngest daughter, Mae, who is severely ADHD, was put on this combination last week. Oh, how I wish we would have tried this combination earlier in the year! It would have to be the last week of school that we discover that Vyvanse in the morning (20mg) and Intuniv at bedtime (3mg) produces a calm, focused, sweet child consistently throughout the entire day! The homework struggles completely disappeared. The kid can focus with all kinds of distractions going on, without even looking up! Yay!!! And no meltdowns or explosions over anything! I guess this is exactly what she needed. I am so very relieved to know that we have the right tools to help her succeed in school and stop feeling like a failure!

9 comments:

Mama Bear said...

That's such great news, it is always a good feeling when meds actually work!

Krystal23 said...

My five year old daughter is on 4mg intuniv and clonidine. We have kept moving up with the intuniv. It is not helping her at all in fact she is worse. Do you thnk Intuniv ever makes things worse?

Megan said...

Hi Krystal! I am wondering about mixing clonidine and Intuniv because Intuniv is derived from Tenex, which is a blood pressure lowering med, and so is the Clonidine. Could the combination be too much? I wouldn't do both of them together. What does the psychiatrist say? What other ADHD meds have you tried? What are her main symptoms? I am not a doctor, but unfortunately I have more experience with a lot of meds than I really want to have.

Justin said...

I agree with megan. I too have had experiences with many different medications, the combination she is taking is likely to be the source of your problem. Check with your doctor or get a second opinion. Let us know how things went.

Tricia Scott (Zane's Mom) said...

That sounds wonderful!!! We have a 10 year old on Vyvanse 40 mg right now and we are dealing with some pretty serious mood instability. Very emotional, very negative and downright grumpy. He has been prescribed Depakote DR for the moods swings, but I can't bring myself to give it to him. It's just too scary. A friend suggested Intuniv as an alternative. I am going to speak with our Doc about it, but have a few general questions for you. Since the Intuniv is a nonstimulant for ADD will this mean we would be able to lower the Vyvanse? That would be fantastic since his iritability stems from the Vyvanse. Is this drug combo still working for you?

Megan said...

We gave Mae a break this summer from ADHD meds so we are starting her back on her meds in early September. She really complained about stimulants affecting her appetite so that is why we gave her a break. I will let you know how it goes!

Megan said...

Tricia, depakote in my book is a very undesirable drug. It is so cognitively dulling and causes big weight gain. If he needs a mood stabilizer, then what about Trileptal? Or Lamictal? Also, if there is a possibility of a mood disorder like Bipolar you need to stay away from any stimulant until his moods are stabilized. Sometimes bipolar kids can take them, but usually NOT. Hope this helps!

Morgan S. said...

I just started my 6yr old son on this combo of meds. We have had an up and down last half year of going through different meds. He is in Kindergarten and struggling, disruptive, hyper, etc. Reading up on this combo gives me hopes that we might find the right mix for him. We started 1mg Intuniv last night and 20mg Vyvanse this morning. He has been med-free for 2 weeks since pulling him off the Vyvanse after a couple of days due to aggressive behaviors when coming down. We also give Omega-3, magnesium and flax seed supplements and try to use organic food when possible. www.justhadabrightidea.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

my son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD the vyvance made him very angry once it wore off so they are now combining it with intuniv and sleeping was horrible so they are giving him clonidine too. I get very nervous with all the meds