was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her
forehead. When she was good she was very, very good, but when she was
bad she was horrid.”
Poem could have very well been written about my daughter. I first
noticed something was wrong with her when she was just over 3 months
old. She had the worse case of colic I had ever seen. One day, after I
had fed her, held her, changed her, I put her in her bed and went
outside and cried. I was there for about 10 minutes. That was the first
time in my life I could understand how someone with no patient could
shake their baby.
she got older things changed. She became that little girl. She would be
the cutest little girl one minute then uncontrollable the next. She
gave a whole new meaning to terrible twos. When she got raging there was
no consoling her. She would even go to the extreme of sticking her
finger down her throat to make herself throw up when things didn’t go
the years I knew something was wrong. I took her to doctors and
counselors. She was diagnosed with everything, except Bi-Polar. Since
her adulthood I found out she started self medicating at the age of 12.
High School things kept getting worse. I remember one day she was
flipping out. I was at my wits end. I screamed at her, “What the hell is
wrong with you?” She started crying and said “I don’t know I wish I did
but, I just don’t know”. One day, in her second year of highschool, I
got a call from the nurse. She said I have Adrienne in my office and
have had to call Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
Throughout the day we worked together and trying to figure out what to
do with her. It was decided that it would be best to send her to a local
3 weeks they give us the answers that I have tried for years to get.
Among other things, she has Bi-Polar Disorder. Through medication and
counseling my daughter when from failing in school to Student of the
month and graduating school over a year early.
I wish I could say
this was end of story but often when people with Bi-Polar are on their
manic stage they think they don’t need their medication. Each time when
she has done this she has gotten herself into trouble.
may be reading this and wondering if your own child has Bi-Polar. I
would love to tell you some of the symptoms to look for. Please if you
think this may be the problem get them help. You are your child’s best
advocate. Don’t stop until you get an answer. Early treatment can
prevent so much pain.
What are common symptoms of bipolar disorder in children and teens?
Youth with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional
states that occur in distinct periods called “mood episodes.” An overly
joyful or overexcited state is called a manic episode, and an extremely
sad or hopeless state is called a depressive episode. Sometimes, a mood
episode includes symptoms of both mania and depression. This is called a
mixed state. People with bipolar disorder also may be explosive and
irritable during a mood episode.
Extreme changes in energy,
activity, sleep, and behavior go along with these changes in mood.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder are described below.
|Symptoms of mania include:||Symptoms of depression include:|
It’s normal for almost every child or teen to have some of these
symptoms sometimes. These passing changes should not be confused with
Symptoms of bipolar disorder are not like the
normal changes in mood and energy that everyone has now and then.
Bipolar symptoms are more extreme and tend to last for most of the day,
nearly every day, for at least one week. Also, depressive or manic
episodes include moods very different from a child’s normal mood, and
the behaviors described in the chart above may start at the same time.