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, December 15, 2012

Reflections on the Shooter at Newton, CT

We don't have a lot of answers yet as to why this young man decided to take out his rage on his mother and then 26 innocent people, most of them small children in such a horrific way, forever altering the lives of so many.  We have heard the terms "personality disorder" and "Aspergers Disorder" tossed around by the media.  At this point, it isn't clear what this young man's issues are.  But what everyone needs to understand is that the motivation behind his rampage was far beyond a personality disorder.  He had likely been deeply wounded somewhere, somehow, and in addition he likely had a mental illness and was unmedicated.  I feel that this is yet another sad example of what happens when those who are "different" are marginalized and shunned.  Hopefully this will focus more attention on the need for people to reach out to the lonely and alone.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's Newtown, CT...not Newton.