But Mae is a different story. Her grades were definitely being affected by her ADHD, with lots of unfinished homework, missing work, late work, etc. And her sisters couldn't stand her because of her fits of anger over nothing. So the meds aren't optional for her. Yes, she is far more subdued, and quiet, but for our family this is much better than the explosive meltdowns. And her grades went up. So we are just going to have to deal with the change in personality for now. The trade off is worth it.
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, June 8, 2010
Personality Changes with ADHD Meds
A friend called me to tell me that she noticed how different Mae was at her daughter's birthday party. She was subdued, introverted, not spastic and bubbly like she normally is. We saw this happened with our oldest when she was on ADHD meds. She became grumpy and subdued, instead of the hyper but cheerful child we had known. This effect was so bad that we took her off of the meds and she hasn't been on them since, but she has still managed to keep a 3.5 GPA in high school taking AP and IB level classes. She obviously didn't need them that much.
Posted by Megan at 10:16 AM