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!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Vision Therapy Evaluation

Caroline had an evaluation yesterday with a Vision Therapist to ascertain if she has a vision issue that is not readily detected by a regular optometry evaluation.  Sure enough, she does.  She has a tracking problem, where her eyes do not track what she is seeing simultaneously.  This in turn results in the double vision she has been seeing.  We are so relieved to know that finally have a solution.  Unfortunately she needs special glasses to the tune of $450!  But at this point, whatever works, right?  They are tinted as well to help with the glare from the fluorescent lights.  The vision specialist also recommended therapy but we will see if the glasses take care of the issue as vision therapy is expensive and not usually covered by insurance.  To learn more about vision therapy, go to www.visionhelp.com.


Kim Wilson said...

So glad to hear some definitive diagnosis!

NikDuck said...

Right there with you on the expensive glasses for our son. We even have vision insurance and still pay a lot because of the tinting and making the lenses thinner and his extreme astigmatism. All these medical expenses are such a hardship, as I'm sure you are well aware of too!

Christy said...

That is interesting, because my 8 year old bipolar daughter has the same tracking and double vision problems, just up-close, which affects her reading ability. No special glasses, they just recommended eye excercises.