Re: 11 year old daughter- just found out has bipolar
If your daughter is bipolar, consider her lucky to know so soon. Many children are misdiagnosed, though, so educate yourself on the symptoms and keep an eye on her moods.
If she is bipolar, she has the opportunity to learn to manage her illness as it develops. Encourage her to keep a mood journal, in which she can write anything she wants about the way she feels. This will be very valuable to her in the years to come as she learns to understand and manage her own unique cycles.
I would be very careful with any meds given to a prepubescent, because brain chemestry is not fully developed until the hormones activate at puberty.
Meditation or prayer can be very helful. Start teaching her now how to find the calm in the center of her storm. Then she will always have a safe place to return to; her higher power, God or whatever brings your family strength.
Good luck and remember if she really is bipolar, she is very lucky to know she has it at this age and to have her family to help her.
Remind your husband that bipolar people have a very high potential for extreme success. And with the right help and support, the extreme sensitivity bipolar gives her will be a bonus and not a deficit. But without that help and understanding, believe me, being a child with bipolar is a terrifying and humiliating experience. If she doesn't gain an understanding of the symptoms of her illness, she could grow up like myself and many others; feeling weak and ashamed when unable to control our emotions. I spent my whole childhood fighting the mood swings with pure force of will and of course losing, thinking I was a bad person every time I failed. It would be worth all my suffeing in that regard if one more bipolar child doesn't have to grow up that way.
Good luck and stay strong.