All i can say is get her medicatied before she is a teenager or you are in for a nightmare. I don't know how safe medicating a three year old is, but if she is on a low dose, I wouldn't worry too much. Just some thoughts.
Wow, I'm surprised that bipolar would be suspected in a 3 year old as it's often difficult for 3 year olds to communicate their feelings to any degree. I'm curious to know what symptoms she exhibits if you don't mind my asking?
There's a great group for parents of bipolar children at bpkids.org. They have loads of info on Early Onset Pediatric Bipolar.
Bipolar is difficult enough to be dx in adults. In my opinion you could take a child to
5 different doctors and get 5 different dx. As a Toddler our daughter was EXTREMELY STRONG WILLED with terrible behavior problems but she wasnt dx until she was 19 yrs old. It was a very tough road. Good Luck!
I'm not convinced a three year old can be diagnosed with bypolar ... faaaar too young. But I would imagine the symptoms this three yr old is displaying at this stage are those of ADD or ADHD .. which very often can turn out to be bypolar ... but not always ... If I was that childs mother .. I would certainly get a second opinion and even a third.
Signs for ADHD in children are: Aggression, hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, slow learning skills, unable to remain calm when needed, usually center of attention, no fear, etc. You can visit [url]www.ch********[/url] or adhd.com for further information about it. That might help you ask further questions if you are questionable with the doctors diagnosis.
One of my sons has ADHD. He takes Risperderal and Ritalin LA and Ritalin. He is 6 years old and was diagnosed when he was 3 1/2 but not placed on meds until he was 4. He has a great child psychologist and psychiatrist, but it took us through trial and error to find them.
I forgot. Not suppose to post other web sites. Oops. It is a very prominant ADHD web group that is stemmed for those who have adhd and their parents. It has national groups that meet in towns across the states monthly. Anyway, sorry about the inconvience and goof.