I think from doing a lot of research lately that my 10 year old daughter has ODD and Bipolar Disorder. We are going to try a natural form to deal with it (Herbs, diet,etc,) however I was wondering from other parents that have already gone through this do you tell your child you think they have a problem and this is why we are doing the things that we are, or do you lie sit back and observe.
Please help I don't want to make anything worse than it already is Thank you
I don't think a ten year old would understand the ramifactions of what bipolar or odd is nor would they really care. Your daughter will be going through puberty soon. Her hormones are changing. Before you load her up with herbs and spices bring her to a pediatric psyciatrist for a proper evaluation.
As a parent of a child with a MI, I think they should know. Sometimes the herbal approach doesn't work and things can escalate quickly. It's important to observe daily and look beyond obvious indicators like behaviors to speech patterns and escalations of higher than "normal" bouts of ODD (They indicate mania).
I'd recommend having them take part in their care plan. DS1 went thru a spell when he did require hospitalization and part of his care plan is to include a mood diary. It's helped to track the span of his episodes and helped him to stay vigilant in using coping tactics to get through them.
I would also recommend a therapist who can work directly with your daughter in learning the necessary coping tactics to get through bad episodes - both manic and depression. In addition, they can help you as a family develop an emergency care plan which can help you in times of crisis.
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I wouldn't tell her yet, unless u r absolutely sure. I am keeping an eye on my daughter as well. It is a concern of mine. Routine is the best for kids i think, sleep, eating well, exercise, same as for us adults. My daughter is dyslexic and very much a part of working with and supporting her learning disability and advocating for herself. But she is definitely 100% positively dyslexic. Not the same thing I know, but my point is being FOR SURE. I wouldn't bother her little mind about it now. Keep observing. And see a professional when it is time.
There are several age-appropriate children's book design to explain bipolar and other mental illnesses to children. Amazon.com has a search for books by subject and age. These can be very helpful in informing children about the condition in a non-threatening way. David
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