The only bright spot is that Caroline has met another young teen girl who lives near us who is in the same lacrosse camp this week, and we are carpooling together. She hasn't known Caroline previously so this friendship could have a better chance. Life can be so unfair sometimes when you have a mental illness or other handicap.
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.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
She May Have Lost the New Friend
I was worried this might happen, that Caroline's reputation at the pool would put an end to her new friendship with the one girl there who was nice to her. She stopped responding to Caroline after they had a great time at the mall that day, and I have a feeling that her mom may have recognized Caroline and heard some of the rumors and discouraged her daughter from hanging out with her. I have seen her mom for many years, so I wouldn't be surprised if she remembered something Caroline did years ago. I am not certain about this, but suddenly her daughter is too busy to get together or to call, or whatever. Caroline was sadly perplexed.
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