Bipolar

Updated on May 27, 2007
C.M. asks from Acton, CA
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Hi. This is my first day on this site.
My daughter is 12 and has bipolar disease. She is on medications. I was wondering if anyone else has a child with bipolar?

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I truly thank everyone that has replied to my question. It is nice to turn on my computer and see that people are thinking about me and my daughter.
She promised me and her grandmother she will never cut herself again. As a result my mom, her grandma, bought her a promise fairy. If she cuts again my mom will take the doll away. Well, yesterday she came home from school with a star carved on her palm and the letters I L U on her fingers. She claims that she didn't know it was cutting. I know it is, anyone else knows it is. Should I tell my mom what she did? She will probably see it anyways on Easter. I just dont want to upset anyone. But, dang, what should I do? She has been happy these last two days and if I blow her secret it can spiral out of control again.

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T.B.

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I have a 9 year old nephew that my mother is raising that is bipolar. just be careful wioth the meds...weight gain, headaches, stomach aches...

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R.B.

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Hi C.,

I am Bi-Polar and know that I have been since my teeen years although since I wasn't diagnosed until my 20's I am not really sure at what particular age I started becoming bi-polar. My main concern, since the disease is indeed genetic, that one or more of my children might get the disease. Since you already have a child who has been diagnosed, I was wondering if you could tell me what signs to look for in my child that might indicate that he/she is bi-polar. My parents never recognized anything in me and just thought I was an out of control teenager who needed to be left alone (just the opposite!) and they never got any help for me and that just destroyed my high school experience. I don't want the same to happen to my children I just am not sure what to look for exactly. It seems easier to get yourself diagnosed than your children! Every little thing my son does that doesn't seem right I start thinking, "is he bipolar?" maybe that is why he is acting like that. I don't want to be like that, I want to know for sure real warning signs.

Anything you can tell me that you know about how you figured out that your daughter is bi-polar would be very helpful and great for me.

Thank you very much. Please email me back with what you know.

Thank You,
R.

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C.N.

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Dear C.,

No, but I have had two daughters in law with bi polar. It is so important that you stay in communication with her, in the deepest way possible, without, of course, invading her 'soul'. But, staying close without being judgemental is important. This is a life long illness and has lots of twists and turns, but you can do it, together, hopefully Dad and aunts and uncles and grandparents being supportive all along the way. If she stays on her medication, then she can lead a normal life,BUT IF SHE DOES NOT STAY ON HER MEDICATION, THEN LIFE WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR ALL OF YOU, ESPECIALLY HER.

Once they are on medication and are feeling well and life is going good, then they decide that they do not 'need' it. Why people do not want to take medication that will help you enjoy the life that God has given us so freely and lovingly, I do not understand. But, that is the key. For one thing if they go off the medication, then it takes a while to get them to go to the doctor and get started again, then it takes a while for the medication to start to work again. If they stay off a long time, then they may never be able to get stabilized again as well as they were in the beginning.

Sorry, but this is the truth, I have seen it with my own eyes, and felt it in my own guts. If you get a chance to go to a family support group, then GO ! You will learn a lot and be prepared to help her make the best decisions for herself and for your entire family. Pray a lot for guildance, and Good Luck , C. N.

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S.M.

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Hi C.,
I also have a daughter who is 11 with bipolar. How is she doing? How are you dealing with it?
I am 53 and we adopted our daughter at 5 with adhd and a few other things. She is a real challenge. Luckily, we have dealt with this in our biological family for years, so I had experience in this.
Let me know if you need to talk.
Good Luck,
S.

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N.K.

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I have a child with adhd and one with AS...I am the bi-polar one. I also take meds for it. If there is anything I might be able to help answer, let me know :)

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T.K.

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I also have a son who is bipolar who is 10. He was diagnosed at 4.I agree that nutritional supplements are very important.My son takes reliv and it has helped alot.since him starting reliv we have been able to take him off his tenex and zoloft.It is amazing.......T.

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D.P.

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Hi C.,

I can understand what is happening with your daughter, my aunt has Bipolar disease and I tell you they really need to be on medication constantly, and sometimes it's a challenge since they tend to not want to take them. I just would like to suggest that it is very important for her to also take vitamin supplements, I know that doctors don't prescribe those since they are all about medications, beleive me you will see a major difference in her. I work for USANA Health Sciences, I coach people on building their home businesses from home with USANA, but overall the important part about the business is that the supplements are rated #1 and I have seen with my own eyes how it has helped my family, they are pharmaceutical grade. Please look into it, they can help your daughter, I am not trying to just sell you anything, but to let you know about them, they work, you will be glad you tried it if you feel it is right for her. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected]____.com or ###-###-####

Best Regards,
D. Pace

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L.B.

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my daughter's father was bipolar. i am constantly worrying she will be.

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M.H.

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My daughter's don't have bi-polar, but their father does. After their dad and I split, I had gone to see a councelor. They told me bi-polar can be heriditary. They recommended a book called "The bi-polar child". Maybe it might help you out.

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