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!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to You, Amazing Mom!

You are a better mom than you feel most of the time.  If you haven't given up on finding the best treatments for your child, if you keep telling them that bipolar disorder doesn't have to ruin their lives, if you keep loving them when you want to throw in the towel, you are a great mom.  Take some time for yourself today or very soon and get a manicure, or a cup of coffeee, or take an hour to read somewhere in a park, or on the beach, or anywhere away from your children.  Better yet go to www.care.com and find a  special needs sitter and go away for a day or a night or a whole weekend!   You deserve it!!

1 comment:

Mandy said...

Thank you for your blog!! It is so nice to read about someone else who seems to be living a similar life to mine, in a world where parenting a child with bipolar can feel so lonely. My son is 11, was diagnosed bp1 at 5 and ADHD at 9. We are doing partial homeschooling for him now and next year most likely full homeschooling. Socially, emotionally and academically life is just hard for him. It is so sad. He has so much potential, such a good, sweet, creative, loving, fun kid, but the bipolar stuff just seems to put a negative spin on everything. I know this blog takes time, but you are helping so many others by sharing your experiences.