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Old 02-22-2005, 08:20 AM   #1
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Daughter with Bipolar?

I have a daughter that has add/adhd and oppositional defiance. We've done the adderall, but her general practioner says that until she see's her specialist he would like to put her on Straterra because it's a non stimulant. (She see's a specialist next week to narrow her problem down) She's been on Straterra for one month, slowly increasing dosage up to where she is now at 40mg. The only side effects that I was aware of was stomach ache and tiredness. Well, her teacher just called me and said my daughter was being smart-ellic and rude. She tells me that she did this to her last week as well. I'm so upset. Nervous wreck. What is wrong with my child?????? She doesn't have extreme highs and lows. Doesn't go for long periods without sleep. She's always very sensitive and grumpy. Has argued with just about every child in her class. Please, someone reply.

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Old 02-22-2005, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Daughter with Bipolar?

I really am not good at giving advice(kind of ironic, eh?). I'll try to tell you about my childhood though(im bipolar).
I was in and out of doctors ALL THE TIME. Funny thing is, I was not diagnosed bipolar until i was 19 or 20. I too had very bad behavioral problems when i was little. When I was about 5, I went into a behavioral center. I have been in one several times since then. I had the smart ellic attitude with other kids and teachers as well.
My parents did everything possible to help me. However, I wish they would have done a little more research on all of the possibilities of what was going on with me.
Just let your daughter know that you are there for her. Be in tune with what she needs in school and at home. Do research on certain subjects that the doctor may tell you about. Know all of your options for treatments as well.

I'm sorry I cant give any more help than that. I do not have children yet and cannot fully understand what you are going through. Good luck with everything. Keep posting!

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Old 02-22-2005, 01:27 PM   #3
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Re: Daughter with Bipolar?

Deanne thank you for posting. I'm in a bit of a panic not knowing what to think. Can anyone else share?

 
Old 02-22-2005, 04:29 PM   #4
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Re: Daughter with Bipolar?

Anymore parents out there with bp kids/teens. Please share, thank you so much. mb

 
Old 03-07-2005, 07:14 PM   #5
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Re: Daughter with Bipolar?

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Anymore parents out there with bp kids/teens. Please share, thank you so much. mb

 
Old 03-07-2005, 07:21 PM   #6
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yes I can reply, my daughter is 19 w/bipolar. She started biting herself and saying she wanted to die at age 12, lots of antidepresants and couceling over the years and probably ADHD as a kid and now too. She recently was put on a new medication Concerta, she's a new person, she has energy, she has feelings, and she's happy for the first time in her life. The antidepressants probably saved her life but she was too lethargic. So your childs medication may work great it takes some weeks though. An I as a mother am just starting straterra 60mg. I'll keep you posted, my doctor says it's real successful, not to say your child might not act up a littl until the medication is at the right dose for them. Hang in, call the doc. as often as you need to and the internet has loads of great info. on these conditions and treatments. Find something they love to do that requires physical activity.

 
Old 03-08-2005, 02:02 AM   #7
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mb, have you guys been to her follow up visit yet? I thought I remembered it coming up. If not, please ignore me - LOL! Just wondered if they switched meds. Good luck! Lori

 
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We are seeing a pyschiatrist today. Wish us luck! Thank you for the post. love, mb

 
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Good luck! can't wait for an update!!

 
Old 03-08-2005, 06:41 PM   #10
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Went for the one hour consultation. Filled the doc in on her behavior problems, relationships to other family members, gave him notes from teachers, grades from preschool until now, bad behavioral letters from school office.......In about a week and a half she will begin testing. I don't know if I'm looking forward to a diagnosis or not. Might get me closer to the edge!

 
Old 04-26-2005, 06:55 AM   #11
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Hello. I was very surprised to see not many replies on this topic, considering I am seeing more kids with bi polar disorder. My daughter is 7(oldest) and she has been diagnosed ADHD, PTSD, OCD, antisocial and bipolar. I think most of it was unfortunaletly passed down from her father. Her therapist says we dont want to really put her on any meds for the bipolar because if they do it stays with you for the rest of your life, kind of like a criminal record. So, she is treated with meds for mainly the ADHD and anxiety. Overall, she is a pretty good kid, she gets good grades in school, the teachers dont really have any problems with her. But..... at home, she doesnt listen, frustrated, aggressive, a pathological liar, and always in trouble. She says things that make me look at her and say what the hell are you talking about? I dont know if thats the ADHD or bipolar or what. Its almost as if she is has a different mentality than anyone else, in her own little world so to speak. My husband & I get so frustrated with her. We have two other little ones that are watching her every move. She has been on 8 different meds and they all work for about 3 or 4 months then its back to square one again. Right now she is on Ritalin LA, Zoloft, and Periactin for weight gain. She has been in therapy for over 2 years now, I cant really say that it helps because she is a chameleon. Our main issue is just been to try and stop the lying. Can anyone relate? Please some helpful advice.

 
Old 04-26-2005, 12:35 PM   #12
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Hello
I can sympathize with all those with a bipolar child. Im bipolar myself as is our
21 yr old daughter. Since she was preschool age, she has had behavior problems.
However it wasnt until her early teens that I realized what was going on and even though the doctors knew of my condition all they would treat her for is depression.
She's been on anitdepressants since her early teens. Everyone they put her on worked immediately for about a week then back to the bottom. One of them Paxil caused her to start cutting herself but the doctor wont believe it was the med. Although there is now evidence Paxil can do this. Still they wont put her on a mood stabilizer. She was finally diagnosed as bipolar her late teens. She's tried Lithium and it helped for a while then it just wasnt enough. She's been very reluctent to admit she was bipolar and still only sees her family doctor for her meds. She's now on tegretol and it too helped for a while and even though her dose has been increased repeatedly, it's just not doing the job. Ive told her so but she wont listen to me. She has shown resentment towards me for years. I can only guess it's because I passed this illness on to her. I wasnt diagnosed until she was 7yrs old so I had no way of knowing. I could go on and on but about inapproiated behavior, inability to handle her money, inconsiderate disrepectful behavior, but Im sure many of you with children have already hear such stories. At least some of her behavior is controlled with the tegretol. Good luck to you all.

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Old 04-26-2005, 12:53 PM   #13
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Hi my dd is 19 and she is Manic depressive Bi polar, ADHD and Schizophrenic. She is also dev. delayed with learning disibilities. She was diagnosed as bi-polar and schizophrenic last year. My dd was this nice kid always looking for the good in people and very trusting. Then I started noticing a change in her. She became a bit more defiant and rude at school to me her dad and my parents. It was like she was invincible. Then it was all down hill from there until we got her some help.

It got so bad one time I had to call the police and she was very disrespectful to them, I thought they were going to take her to jail. Since then she has been on several medications - I found that Ritilan, Seroquel and Depakote work best for her.

I feel pretty lucky that her dr.'s have all been really good, but it also took a lot of work from me too, making follow up calls to the dr.'s and keeping track of all her appointments .... my life revolved around her for several months, but now I have a better grasp on things and i'm doing good.

My advise is to get several opinions, research the Dr.'s diagnosis and/or medications they are prescribing to your dd. I regret that I took the first Dr.s words to heart and fill all the prescriptions that he gave us and had my dd take them and she ended up in the hospital. It was to much medication for her all at once and her little body couldn't handle it and I felt (still do) responsible. Hope I was able to help in some small way.

The following is my new motto (promise) that I made to my daughter one day while she was in the hospital:
My promise to my Fallen Angel with Broken Wings:
I will spread my Mighty Motherly Wings to give you the strength you so desperately need to spread your little wings so you can learn to fly once again like the angel you are!

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Old 08-10-2007, 12:13 PM   #14
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Re: Daughter with Bipolar?

hello i have a 13 yr old gurl she has been dignosed as adhd and o.d.d.. we have fought her meds for over 5 yrs they will work for 6 months then act as if she wasnt on any..so we would change again.. she started gettin really bad bout 3-4th grade in elem school disobeying teachers and having to be removed form class.. when she went into 6th grade middle school she was kicked out for threating 4 school officials she was palced in an day treatment school.. well since march she has went down hill and all that has been done is meds changed she has been on seroquel... abilify.. and risperdall.. the 31st of july i had to admit her into a phyc hosiptal they took her off the ridlin and adderall xr.. but kelp her on the 60 mg strattera...tenex and upper her risperdal to 4mg..i feel shes not adhd she can work for 4 hrs straight on her school work and no troubles..i feel shes bi-polar,should i ask this hosiptal to try her on bi-polar meds.. my granny was bi-polar and my sis is very bad.. what you think?shes been at hosiptal for 10 days and had 4 major fits...i am so scared..thnxs for any advice

 
Old 08-10-2007, 01:44 PM   #15
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Hi,

I'm seventeen with bipolar (diagnosed at age fifteen). There are plenty of mothers with bipolar children so I'll try to let them know about this thread and I'm sure they'll jump in. First off, I think you should re-evaluate what your pdoc (psychiatrist) is telling you about treating bipolar. Just because you don't treat it doesn't mean it'll go away and it will worsen with age...Yes, she will have to take medications for all of her life, but it will keep her stable and help her control her anger, impulsibility, and other symptoms related to bipolar behaviour. Also, how old is your daughter? That can affect which meds she can take in some cases...

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