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Old 05-13-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Daughter w/CP & extreme behavior issues

My daughter is 7 and has (spastic diplegic) CP. Some background which is important: she was adopted from Guatemala and we were not able to bring her home until she was 13 months old. We believe she was neglected during her time in the orphanage. She was a very difficult baby - a lot of crying, trouble bonding to me (her mom). She has extreme tantrums in which she becoming unconsolable and uncontrollable. She hits, bites, screams terrible threats to me and my older daughter. I brought her to a therapist last summer, who was unable to help. She is now seeing a psychologist, but I think she made need a psychiatrist. Her current psychologist thinks she has attachment issues, which I agree with, but I'm not sure if he can help us. We don't have any specialists in our area that deal with CP and adoption. I really feel that her issues are complex due to her health issues and lack of care during her first year of life.

Questions -
1. Is there any benefit to having an MRI done on her?
2. What sorts of behavior issues are common for children with CP? I'm worried about bipolar, ODD, RAD, etc.

I would greatly appreciate any advice that anyone can give. Thank you!!


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Old 07-27-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Re: Daughter w/CP & extreme behavior issues

Originally Posted by 052001 View Post

Questions -
1. Is there any benefit to having an MRI done on her?
2. What sorts of behavior issues are common for children with CP? I'm worried about bipolar, ODD, RAD, etc.

1. If you feel like an MRI could help - go for it.
2. "Usually" children with CP don't go through psychological problems until later. Your daughter can possibly go through some frustration because she is having a hard time controlling her body. Some "adults" with CP do later on go through an anxiety disorder or bipolar.

Of course it doesn't to keep on trying to figure out what is the real problem. It can be a combination of separation issues, depression, and frustration.

Old 08-25-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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Re: Daughter w/CP & extreme behavior issues

As much as you can, try to separate the physical CP medical issues from the psychological issues. She is a young kid with all the issues of an abused adopted child, on top of having CP, and at this point in her development, I bet she's just starting to grasp how CP makes her different. its a tough situation. I wish you all the best.

Old 08-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #4
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I have a daughter with CP (quad) and all the behaviors described she also had. Pretty common. Has your child been checked for epilepsy and her ventricles checked by MRI. I understand what you are going thru because I've experienced the same frustration. Is her bowl movement normal ? Sometime there is problems with the colon moving matter thru and causes severe constipation. Extremely painful for these little ones. So, much involved with CP. Also certain forms of brain dysfunctions occur. My daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia/OCD/ bipolar. I don't mean to scare you but keep an eye on her and the behavior. I had a very hard time accepting this. My daughter was a premature/epileptic/and fluid in the ventricles. All these precursors for schizophrenia. Don't hear much on the TV about our children do you. Why....they are so multifaceted and complex. My daughter is 39yrs and I can't get help for her. Mental health won't help. And with the HEPA laws it is impossible to get info. Stay alert and keep an eye on her behavior. God bless you and your family. And especially her. See a neurological psychiatrist. I received a lot of information from the NAMI program. A radiologists I worked with directed me there.

Old 10-23-2013, 12:38 PM   #5
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Re: Daughter w/CP & extreme behavior issues

CP is associated with Seizures. Bipolar instability is often cured by anti-seizure meds. So it makes sense that Bipolar is easily comorbid with CP. I would guess possibility of bipolar in CP runs easily 2-3x the risk of an average person.

I am EXTREMELY bipolar manic. Lamictal and Seroquel are modern miracles, the Lamictal keeps me stable and the Seroquel allows me to have a normal sleep pattern.

Good Luck!

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