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, October 9, 2010

Bad Night

Big explosion tonight.  I think Caroline is stressed out about many, many things.  So is my husband.  Bad combination tonight, pretty volatile.  Lot's of cooling off to do for both parties.  Sigh. I hope the job materializes very soon so we can all feel a little more normal.  Good night.


SarahinSC said...

I'm sorry. I understand how you're feeling. It's tough. Keep your chin up!

Anonymous said...

(((hugs))) I hope tomorrow is better for everyone.

Chynna said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, Megan. I hope that tomorrow is a better day for all of you.


marythemom said...

Big hugs! Deep breaths help too.

Mary in TX

Anonymous said...

I praying that everything will work out. I feel very, very stressed as well.

Meg said...

Megan - have things gotten better this week? The whole job loss/ job search thing is so stressful. We went through your same scenario last year.

ann said...

I hope things improve for you quickly. It is very hard for everyone to adjust to new situations, and changes that effect everyone.