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!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Daylight Savings Time/Seasonal Changes

The change in the seasons always means a change in mood stability for people with bipolar disorder, and if you throw in the DST change, you have got some challenging days.  Caroline went back to bed this morning after she got up and ate breakfast because her sleep is all messed up.  Sigh.  I guess we will homeschool in the afternoon today.

5 comments:

Rayann said...

Megan, I just want to tell you what a blessing your blog is to me. I don't know what my son will be diagnosed with (we go back on the 20th for his eval results), but I know we'll make it through and that there's hope for us.

Thank you.

Rayann

Heather said...

Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! I have a question about your blog. HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com

the mom that could said...

Interestingly enough, I just blogged on the same topic! The March Madness has kicked in around here. We are slowly working through our schoolwork today!

tabbiecat66 said...

fUNNY you should say this, i didnt think about it, I have add, etc etc etc lol but ever since the time change i havent been right. KInda irritable and grouchy and just "off" so has my 13yr old (adhd, etc etc lol). Now ill have to think about it and i just hope it goes away.SOON!

Lizzie said...

Wow. Im so glad I'm not alone in the march madness. I have an 8 year old who's driving the entire world nuts right now. It's nice to read your blog. Ty for being so open and honest