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!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Might Be Looking for a New Therapist

Yesterday's counseling session revealed how much Caroline is feeling resentment towards her present therapist whom she sees every week.  Apparently the issue is that the therapist doesn't believe a certain event that Caroline insists really happened two years ago, something rather traumatic.  So we are meeting with her therapist, whom we really like, to discuss this whole blow up and figure out where to go from here.  Finding the right therapist for a bipolar teen is so essential and I dread having to find a new one if Caroline simply won't feel comfortable with her.


Miz Kizzle said...

I'm not a therapist but I'd say it doesn't matter if the event happened or not. Caroline thinks it did and she's troubled by it so why not address her feelings of fear/trauma/anger and so on and forget about the whole did-it-happen-or-not debate.
The only caveat would be if there is an unfounded accusation against someone that could result in serious consequences for the accused. Then it's important to try and ferret out fact from fantasy.
Good luck. It sounds like a sticky situation.

Megan said...

Thanks for the input! I appreciate your insight. We shall see after the mtg on Monday what direction we will take with this.