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Old 03-18-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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Bi polar in children

Does anyone know of any young children with this? The docs seem to think that my 3 year old may have this and needs meds.
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Old 03-18-2005, 01:01 PM   #2
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Re: Bi polar in children

What an unbelievable position you are in! I can only tell you that my older daughter who is bipolar (now 32 years old) started seeing psychiatrists and child development specialists when she was only three. We got so many different diagnoses we didn't know which way was up. We also tried therapy and behavior modification. When we finally tried meds it was a disaster. She was so manic it was scary.
I guess what I'm trying to say is before you try meds on a child so young get at least one second opinion. It is very difficult to distinguish between bipolar behavior and normal childhood development "problems".
Best of luck and God bless.

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Old 03-18-2005, 08:38 PM   #3
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Re: Bi polar in children

Hi Jenn,
All I can give you is my experience with my son who has recently been diagnosed BP. He is 17 now. Anyway, I've always known something wasn't quite right. From the day he was born. First of all, as an infant he cried almost constantly. He could not be consoled. He did not have any medical problems, he just hated life. He would also sleep very irratically, 10 minutes here and 5 minutes there. Needless to say he was no bundle of joy. As he grew into a young child he would go on these crying, almost convulsiving tangents that would last for hours. You could not console or rationalize with him. We took him to psycologists and psyciatrists. The psyciatrist thought he MAY be ADD but was perplexed because he did so well at school and has many relationships. With intensive testing they just told us that our son was hyper sensitive. As he grew to a teenager we thought he was displaying teenage rebellion. Wrong, he's not hypersensitive, nor rebelling, he's bipolar. I have recently learned that some people who are later diagnosed bp were babies, children and teenagers just like my son. I swear my son came out of the womb this way. Just, as he got older it manifested itself into this absolute hell.
True, I would not rely on one or even 2 opinions with a child so young. I would be very leary of putting such a young child on meds. {{{removed}}} You're talking a different set of symptoms etc. in children.
Good luck to you and the more educated you are the better off you'll be.

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Old 03-21-2005, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Bi polar in children

Thanks for the replies. I will make sure that I get plenty of opinions. So far 2 Doc's have suggested Bi-polar or ADHD. I have a post on the parenting board "Help with 3 year old" that explains more about my son. I really hope we can get his little life straightened out.
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:20 PM   #5
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Re: Bi polar in children

I'm going to share this with you, in whispers...

Just 2 days ago, I spoke with a pharmacist...

My question...

They first developed Risperdal for Alzhiemer's patients (to settle them down with minimal side effects)...

More recently, it's been expanded (like many meds) for any application a physician or psychiatrist might deem fit...

So ~ I asked the pharmacist if she knew of any applications on pubescent or pre-pubescent children... She said, as a matter of fact, it used to be available in a syrup form (but that patient had left the area - so she didn't know if it still was available)...

Think about it. I am...

~ M* ~

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