We have signed her up for a camp at a school she used to attend. The camp is for middle schoolers, and involves a lot of field trips as well as fun games, etc. She used to go to this camp when it was for grade schoolers and she loved it, but when she became unstable, it didn't work at all for her. Too many kids and too much confusion. We are going to try it again now that she is stable for the most part. I can't stand the worry about what to do with her every day until the evening lacrosse practices start. I really hope this works well for her and for us. The camp starts next Monday, when my two youngest also have camp. A break would be so nice!
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.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Old Camp, New Experience?
Well, we opted to increase the Lamictal again, and Caroline responded immediately, with the mania quickly going away. We had run out of the Calm PRT so we couldn't try that option anyway. I love Lamictal, it is the greatest drug I think, for both mood swings and depression.
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