Yesterday, after I got yet another phone call from Caroline who in tears because she couldn't find her PE class in the gym when they were supposed to be there, I flew down to the school. I had really
had it. I marched into the attendance office and declared that we had a major problem (I wasn't yelling but almost) and that we had to fix it NOW. What it boiled down to was that she had been going to the wrong PE class for two weeks and no one figured it out but me. That is ridiculous. The teacher whom she was supposed to have was marking her absent after Day 1, but the wrong teacher somehow had her on his roster and was marking her present. So attendance thought she was in the right PE class. By going to the wrong PE class for two weeks, she was going to the wrong lunch and then missing half of biology! She was being told by attendance she was supposed to be in B lunch, but the PE class had A lunch and so she was utterly confused by everyone and everything. I am bewildered as to how this could have happened. My poor kid! And everyone was blaming her for not being in the right place at the right time!
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.