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!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fingers Crossed!

Actually more like prayers sent up, but we have two very positive developments to report. One is that this new friend Caroline has made at the pool seems to be a keeper, we hope. She comes from a very nice family and lives nearby, and seems to be pretty wholesome. She and Caroline actually went to the mall together today and did very well. I have seen her mom for years at the pool and I think I have talked to her. I do hope that this new friend "Mallory" will stick around. I need to remind Caroline not to tell all right away, such as the fact that she is bipolar. Better to be safe than sorry.

The second bit of positive news is that another girls lacrosse camp has been planned for August! Yay! Another full day camp doing what she loves to do best! I sent in the deposit today and hopefully the weather will be cooler than the 100 degree temps we had just recently. It hurt to breathe last week.

Another thing we are awaiting is news about the homeschool classes starting Tuesdays in September at a local church. I sent off the registration forms along with a note explaining about Caroline's illness since I had to list any medical or behavioral issues. Hopefully they will be understanding and take us on our word that she is more stable than she has ever been. I need that break from her once a week and she needs the opportunity to make decent friends. One just never knows how others will react when you tell them your child is bipolar. Sometimes they may only have a negative picture of a violent person in their brains when they think of bipolar disorder if they are not educated about mental illness. Let's hope she can be warmly welcomed, but I am always expecting the worst even as I hope for the best.


Hartley said...

Great news Megan! On all accounts. :)

The odd thing for me, is 99% of the time when I tell anyone (coach, camp, school, babysitter, etc) that my son is Bipolar, they seem to ignore it. I have NOT once had an appropriately fearful reaction. Everyone is like, "Oh he seems fine..." Really?

I think that makes it HARDER for me. My son can never surprise someone by being more collected than they expect, instead he falls apart and they are shocked. Ugh.

Middle ground would be great. :)


Anna said...

One good friend can make such a big difference.