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.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Discouraged and Lonely
Caroline is encountering the problem she always has: lack of friendships. She struggles to make and keep friends and always has. This new school experience is no exception. She says she cries herself to sleep each night because she is so lonely. As a parent, this is just heartbreaking to hear. Not sure what to do, but we will be looking at various options. The church youth group isn't turning out to be what she had hoped. And her younger sister seems to be thriving in the same youth group and at the same school. We still might look at smaller schools. So hard to know what is best! She really wants to "fit in" but just doesn't have the social skills to do so and doesn't want to really. She wants friends who are like her, not like the popular kids. And the academic side is definitely a big struggle. I am as discouraged as she is right now.
Posted by Megan at 10:48 AM