My SS has EXTREME behavior problems. I have tried everything, including bribing him. His BM has a history of mental issues and drug use while pregnant. He goes from a happy child to a crazy maniac child with the blink of an eye. He is angry, hateful and violent and can be the perfect child. I know he has attachment problems because of his BM passing him off to whoever would take him but, could he have BP too. If so, what can I do to help him. Not that it is your business but before you to tell me to let his parents deal with it, his mom is dead and dad is deployed. So, I am his only only parent.Answer Question
Answer by AnnHenderson at 4:18 PM on May. 3, 2009
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Answer by tropicalmama at 4:50 PM on May. 3, 2009
WHAT??? OMG you ppl. need to get caught up with the times. Research "childhood bipolar" ... There's a whole foundation for it! (Click here: Child and adolescent bipolar foundation) You're born with Bipolar. It's hereditary! It doesn't just develop in late teens! It's harder to diagnose in children and is usually mistaken for ADHD but it does exist. In the past they thought Bipolar was something that developed in teens and adults. It usually took up to 10 yrs. to get a proper diagnose for it too. But with advance diagnsotics they discovered many symptoms are apparent in younger children. The website can give you a lot more information! I'd defintiely visit a psychologist for an evaluation if you suspect it. Don't let anyone tell you it doesn't exist!
Answer by autumnsmommy02 at 6:29 PM on May. 3, 2009
Kids that age do get diagnosed with Bipolar, but many times the diagnosis is incorrect. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but there is a trend where doctors diagnose kids who don't respond to ADHD medication as Bipolar.
He needs to be evaluated by a specialist, not a pediatrician. It also sounds like he needs counseling.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:24 PM on May. 3, 2009
In addition to everything else this child is going through, I'm sure he misses both his mom and dad. He may also be scared to get too close to you, cuz you might go away too. This child has been through alot and should definitely see a counselor that can help him realize that you are a stable person in his life.
By all means, get him medically tested, but sometimes, acting out can be a way to push you away so he doesn't get hurt if you leave too. Be as loving and stable as you can, and help him learn to draw pictures for dad, talk to him on the phone, or skype on the computer.Â Does he have other family nearby? grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins?Â Even a clergy member that he recognizes as always being available?Â It seems your son is in emotional pain, whether it's BP or not, and needs to get loving help.
Answer by HFBMOM at 8:58 PM on May. 3, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 AM on May. 11, 2009
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