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    My son is 11 and Bipolar
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    john11mom posted:
    Everyday presents a new challenge with my son. He is 11 and has been diagnosed Bipolar for 1 yr. I have done my research and tried different approaches with him. Is there anyone out there who can tell me from their own experiences how they felt being a child with bipolar and how they wish their parents could connect with them? I wish I could take away all his worries and I am not sure how to help him adjust and understand this disorder.
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    Indiaguerita responded:
    I think you might find more answers at this forum, which is dedicated to children with Bipolar:

    http://exchanges.webmd.com/families-of-depressed-bipolar-kids-exchange

    Most of us here were not diagnosed with Bipolar until we were adults.

    -Laura
     
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    momuv4girls responded:
    Hi,

    My daughter is 10 and was dx at age 6.5 with EOBP (early on-set bipolar).

    I totally understand your worries, struggles and concerns. I have found the greatest support and knowledge thru CABF - - here is the link:

    http://www.bpkids.org/

    I urge you to check out the support groups as well as the Learning Center. They are both a wealth of information.

    I hope yours son has a really good child psychiatrist working with him, as I believe this is your best tool for success. I am lucky that I live in CA and found a great psychiatrist for my daughter - - some states have limited child psychiatrists......

    Am happy to help with support and/or resources if needed.

    ((Hugs))
    -Kathleen
     
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    john11mom replied to momuv4girls's response:
    Thank you Kathleen!

    I joined a support group with bpkids.org yesterday. I am also in CA. I really like his psychiatrist, but can't convince him to see a psychologist.

    I think the biggest mistake my husband and I have made was thinking the meds would 100% solve his problems. We have recently been doing more homework and have a clearer and more realistic understanding of what BP is and how it will affect him for the rest of his life. We have also started discussing it more with John. Before, I didn't want to tell him too much fearing he may want to use it as a crutch. I think the more we educate ourselves, the better we can understand John and why he does some of the things he does. It can be exhausting, but I want what is best for John.

    Sarah
     
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    lucidliar responded:
    As someone who was once 11 and severly bipolar I would like to tell you my experiences. At this age with bipolar I got into heavy drugs and cutting and I had a great disinterest in school.

    The most important thing any parent can do is try their hardest to make their child understand that they are only trying to help and the choices they made for their child will all make sense when they are older. Promise them that it will all be for the best. My parents, at first, didn't understand or read up on anything I was going through so we clashed a lot. READ ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ON ADOLESCENT BIPOLAR.

    And what I think is most important is to keep your child out of drugs. Keep them acitve in something they are interested in because I will always regret doing drugs for 7 years straight. That will also help them stay interested in school.

    Hope this helps


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