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!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thyroid/Migraine Link?

The doctor visit for her migraines today revealed that she has an enlarged thyroid.  So we will see after the labs come back if she is having a thyroid imbalance or if we need to do a scan.  Lithium can kill one's thyroid so she has been tested for years for thyroid issues and up until now we haven't had a problem.  We did also get a neurology referral to try to get these migraines under control.  Thyroid issues can cause migraines as well.

Today was another screwed up day at school.  She showed up for PE and no one was there.  So then she went to attendance and again the lady was short with her.  Caroline just needed someone to go find the PE coach for her.  This whole A/B schedule and A/B lunch thing seems to be confounding her, especially since she was first told she had one lunch and then told she had another.  I am beyond frustrated at this point.  I put a call into her counselor and the PE coach to find out what exactly seems to be the problem.  Caroline is beside herself and so am I.

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