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.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Trying Hard Not to Explode Over This One
Caroline revealed to us tonight that this math teacher, whom we heretofore liked, has yet another humiliating practice. Each week the students are divided into work groups to do projects and even tests together. What we did not know is that after a test, the group is told to vote the one student out of the group who they do not want to remain in the group. In other words, the kids who draw down the group grade because they aren't getting the material are voted out. What the hell?? Sorry for the language but how is this encouraging a positive classroom environment.?? This is humiliation! This isn't Survivor, this is a classroom full of kids who are struggling to learn and like math!! I immediately emailed the principal because I have had enough!! Am I overreacting? I don't think so. This is just wrong.
Posted by Megan at 11:28 PM