I like this blog template of a bus traveling along a desert highway, seemingly to nowhere, forever just going and going, who knows where. I would say that sometimes life with a bipolar child (or an autistic child, or one with Aspergers, Juvenile Diabetes, etc. ) can feel like that, that we are on a junky bus on an endless journey, through a barren desert, not knowing where we will land at the end of the road. Then slowly you begin to realize that the journey is more important than the destination. Living life now, in the moment, in the messiness, and not allowing yourself to give in to despair and depression is what makes the journey tolerable, more than that, meaningful. The end is in a place we can't see right now. How we get there does matter.
Right now Caroline is freaking out about finishing assignments before the end of the quarter. So is my husband. In fact, he is more freaked out than she is. Please, relax. Let's remember why we are homeschooling, not so we can have more stress, but a little less. She has enough stressors in her life right now physically, socially, and emotionally. One foot in front of the other and before you know it the end of May will be here and she will have LEARNED. Not crammed, memorized, and spat out, but LEARNED. I want her to love learning, not hate academics because she feels like she is in a pressure cooker. The hubby needs to go back to work and do guy-stuff. I am grateful for his help in homeschooling, but God could you give my husband a job???
About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 15, 17 and 19, and wife to the greatest husband on earth. God has given us a special child to raise one who was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven, though she showed signs of it from the age of fifteen months. She also has ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder (sensory seeking), Dyslexia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder-NOS, all typical comorbidities for a bipolar child. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, and reading and writing her own books. I will share with you the many joys and sorrows we have faced and will face in the future with the hope that you may find better understanding about this mental illness caused by both chemical and structural abnormalities in the brain. I desire that you will be encouraged by this blog if you are also dealing with a bipolar child. Thank you for reading and sharing in our journey.
How Did You Know She Was Bipolar So Young?
I wrote a long explanation of how we came to this bipolar diagnosis in a child so young under my post of March 19th of 2009. If your child or a child you know bears similarities, please seek out a good psychiatrist and don't wait for "things to get better." Often they will simply get worse, and the longer a child is unmedicated, the more damage their brain can accrue. Early diagnoses and treatment are key to providing these children with a chance at a successful life later as a teen and an adult.