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.
Friday, December 28, 2012
A College With One Class Every Three Weeks
There is a private college in our town, a very good one, that has an interesting approach to learning. Instead of taking five or six classes a semester, you take one class at a time, lasting for three weeks. So you only have that one class to focus on at a time. Sounds ideal for kids with executive functioning issues or ADD. We would love Caroline to go here, but don't know if she will be able 1. to get in, and 2. to keep up as this is a rigorous institution. But they do have women's lacrosse, and she could live at home so we could monitor her meds and moods. We have a couple more years but we are already scoping out possibilities for college now.
Posted by Megan at 10:44 AM