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!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Random Book Recommendation

Random because it has absolutely nothing to do with childhood bipolar disorder.  This book, Catullus, Cicero and a Society of Patrons: The Generation of the Text,  is written by an old friend, Sarah Culpepper Stroup, whom I first met in the 8th grade. She is a Professor of Classics at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Her book was recently published by Cambridge Press, and though I have yet to get my hands on a copy, I know that she is an extremely sharp scholar.  So if you or your older high school or college age child is interested in Ancient Roman history and philosophy, you may want to read this.  You can find it on Amazon.  This tome is a little pricey, but it is a college textbook type of a book.  Caroline just happens to be studying Ancient History right now in her homeschool class so this topic is highly relevant right now.  I love this era of history myself and just bought an Usborne book of Ancient World History for middle schooler full of pictures and illustrations that I absolutely love, definitely kid-appropriate.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I love the family photo. So beautiful!