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, October 26, 2010
Well, in the middle of the night I had a complete change of heart about introducing the Loestrin into Caroline's med mix. Her acne had gotten so bad and nothing topical was making much of a difference, which is why we went the route of putting her on bc pills. But seeing how quickly she has become depressed with the dampening effect on the Lamictal levels in her blood, and that she is already depressed about how many pills she is taking, and that we don't know how long many weeks it would take to restabilize her with more Lamictal, we are taking her off of the estrogen. This emotional roller coaster just isn't worth it. And upon reading even further that during the five days that she would not be taking the pill that her Lamictal levels would shoot up and become possibly quite toxic makes us even more leary. So we are going back to the dermatologist today to try to figure out another approach. Accutane is out because it is known to cause psychiatric problems even in teens who are not bipolar. Lithium can cause bad acne, but we can't take her off of this med since it is a big one in the stability factor for her. I guess scarred skin is better than a severely depressed, suicidal teen. I just hate that she has to go through this. Everything seems unfair for these kids, doesn't it? She is still beautiful and always will be, but I am sad that she has to endure bad skin on top of everything else.
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