About our Daughter

I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 16, 17 and 20, 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. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, 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!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mornings Are Like Quicksand

Getting Caroline to wake up in the morning has been like trying to pull someone out of quicksand.   She seems inexorably stuck in sleepiness.  She says she isn't sleeping well at night at all.   So back to the drawing board with sleep meds.  I think the Rozerem might have pooped out, so to speak.  This morning fogginess is leading to missed classes at the homeschooling co-op, which is so frustrating.  She then gets behind in her schoolwork and we spend all week trying to get her caught up, so we don't get to other things she needs to do as well.  The thing about quicksand is that the more you try to pull a victim out of it, the deeper they sink in.  That seems to be true of Caroline too.  Now I am sleepy and I am going to take a nap before I deal with the rest of the afternoon and evening!

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