Hi L., I am very passionate about this subject because my 13 year old son has bi-polar and ADD as well. Most of what you talked about regarding Mac I can totally relate to. My son was diagnosed when he was 9, before that we knew something wasn't right but weren't sure what. He is a sweet, sensitive boy with a horrible horrible temper. He also gets depressed quite a bit. He is very impulsive as well. He is seeing a wonderful Counselor who can also prescribe meds. His meds have worked wonders, but as you know don't solve it all. He struggles in school and because of that will sometimes lie about having homework. His sister is 14 and I find I treat her differently. I wouldn't let her get away with half of what he does. I find I have to really pick my battles wisely. I use humor a lot with him which seems to work, but we argue a lot too. More so now that he is a teen than earlier. I also find that sleep is a huge factor with him. He has an all night Volleyball fundraiser this weekend. He is so excited about it, but I'm so nervous because I know our family as well as him will pay the price the next day.
I'm glad Mac has sports, Zach, my son, is very gifted in that department as well. It is a huge release for him.
Mac is very lucky to have you. It is such hard work and many people wouldn't take the time to follow through on all that has to be done to raise a child with Bipolar. We are blessed to live in a time where so much more is known about this mood disorder. By the way have you heard of the magazine "BP" I highly recommend subscribing to it. It would be good for Mac to read as well, so he knows he is not alone with it. My son, Zach wouldn't really be interested right now, but I'm thinking when he is older it will be helpful for him too. It sure is for me though.
I have to run now, but wanted to thank you for opening up about your situation and making it o.k. for others like myself to come forward as well. I think there are more out there than we realize that are going through similar situations. Thank You L.!! I look forward to hearing from you again.
D. (married with two children)