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If your child is bipolar,has mental issues or any other diagnosis?EDIT

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When were they diagnose? did you notice something different on your child from day one? how are you handling their daily life?




Thank you moms who have answered and told me a bit about your life. I stand by my opinion you are all amazing cause kids in general are hard to deal with. You need the patience of a angel to deal with a kid with disabilities. And thats what you are to me angels.I know lots of you have used medication as last resort and your kids have gone through extensive treatments before getting a diagnosis. But its scary how much mental illness is around now a days. Ounce again moms thank you and God bless the great work you do.








FYI: DD is does not have issues, im just asking is all.

by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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Paperfishies
by Platinum Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Not sure if this counts, my almost 3 year old is Autistic. 

We knew something was off when she was 16-17 months old.  she stopped talking, she wouldn't respond when we said her name or even yelled her name.  We thought she had hearing problems.  As time progressed, other things started popping up, she wasn;t social with other children, still wont acknowledge other kids, she flips out over certain textures, loses it when a lot of people clap, has sleeping issues, doesn't use sentences, obsessivley stacks and lines things up, doesn't use imaginitive play, seems to be on her own planet most of the time, has to have things her certain way and on her own terms, doesn't make eye contact very often, will hit, bite, scratch,  pinch and headbutt when she is frustrated... these are just a few things.

kaylasmom22
by Silver Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

 

Quoting zoo003:

My 10 year old ds is diagnosed with mood disorder (bipolar), autistic spectrum, and anxiety disorder.  He is our 3rd child and we new very early on that something was "different" with him.  By the time he was 1, we had him in various therapies, seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist, in an early intervention program, in behavior modification therapies, etc.  When he was little, he was very violent.  He could not handle noise and stimulus that others could and acted out due to those.  By the time he was 3, he was an ultra rapid cycler and would go from manic where he was having auditory/visual hallucinations to depressive where he was actively trying to kill himself.  Many times he would go from telling us that the aliens in our house were telling him to kill us or begging us to not let the spiders that were all over the walls and ceiling to get get him to getting out of any car seat we put him in and trying to either attack me or try to open the car door and throw himself out in traffic (needless to say, we always kept all of the child locks on the car doors).  By 5 years old, we were having to make the heart wrenching decision as to whether we should hospitalize him or not.  However, through medication, countless therapies, much testing (ekg, mri, eeg, genetics, allergy, etc), different diets (didn't work though), a wonderful psychiatrist and psychologist, an amazing school system that worked with him (can't say enough for his teachers throughout the years-he is in 5th grade), us working with him, and a whole lot of work on his part, he is pretty much like any other child.  Does he still have ups and downs?  Yes, but we work through them.  Does he have accommodations that allow him to be successful?  Yes he does.  However, overall, right now, we have more good days than bad days.:) 

 OMG that sounds scary, im glad he is doing better

megberkheimer
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I have a feeling my DS may be ADD. I've had that feeling since about a year old. If he is, we will just have to find a school that can keep up with him. :]

Arwyn724
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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My daughter was diagnosed bi-polar at age 13 after 3 suicide attempts.  It took over a year to diagnose, and at one time she spent 30 days in a youth center. There were no obvious signs prior to this, but after years of therapy I could connect some of the dots.  She was a straight A student, musician, cheerleader, and belonged to a theatre group, professional adult choir, and all around wonderful kid.  She accomplished all these things while in what I know now were very manic phases.  It was when the accompanying depression happened, and it always did, that I started to take notice.  It got critical when she hit puberty.  A point to mention, soooooo many family members and friends told me it was all typical "pre-teen" behavior, the ups and downs.  Well, suicide is not typical to me. At one time she was cycling over a dozen times a day. I could go on and on. Even 12 years later, I live in fear, and hate it when the phone rings unexpectedly.

Arwyn 724 

kaylasmom22
by Silver Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

 

Quoting deadlights86:

Ds has adhd odd and sensory issues he also shows classic signs of autism. I noticed something wrong and brought it up at his 3 year check up his doctor told me he was normal and totally blew me off. He didn't get diagnosed till he started school and went to a different doctor. His current doctor said if his formar pedi would have been paying attention ds could have recieved much needed help alot sooner.

 That's what im scare off with my niece, that her mom will get help for her when is too late. Right now she is not thinking of putting her in a preschool but waiting until 5 for Kindergarten which i think she shouldn't.Plus her pedi just attributes everything to her being just 2

....ClvrScn.
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM
My son has adhd, odd, emotional dysregulation and mood disorder Nos. His pediatrician is also a pediatric psychiatrist, but his actual diagnosis was made by a psychologist.

We are working with his pediatrician on therapy, and coaching classes as well as medication and diet changes

He was diagnosed at 5, just a few months ago. The emotional dysregulation was caused by his abusive father.

....ClvrScn.
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Quoting deadlights86:

Ds has adhd odd and sensory issues he also shows classic signs of autism. I noticed something wrong and brought it up at his 3 year check up his doctor told me he was normal and totally blew me off. He didn't get diagnosed till he started school and went to a different doctor. His current doctor said if his formar pedi would have been paying attention ds could have recieved much needed help alot sooner.




What signs of autism have you noticed? Jayson has adhd and odd along with emotional dysregulation and mood disorder. I worry that he may be misdiagnosed. I am going to have him re evaluated but we're dealing with an insurance issue right now
rocknmom85
by Silver Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

My 13 yr old SD was diagnosed with adhd at age 5 and not until she was 12 did she get diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. SHe is high functioning and a-typical but she has definitly shown differences since birth. We also are concerned she may develop bipolar as well since her BM is bipolar and SD has shown some early signs. SD is difficult to handle on a daily basis, she becomes irritable easily likes to argue and defy you for no good reason. She can be sweet at times and is very smart in subject areas that she is interested in, and she has a fabulous memory.

imvanilla
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM
My son will be 10 this June. He started having emotional issues at the age of 4. Bedtime every night would turn into him losing his mind. It eventually progressed into self harming, constant blow outs, severe sadness, he would say disturbing things (why don't you just throw me though a window, break my body then, wish I hadnt been born and more).

At 6 I started taking him to specialists and it took until the age of 8 to finally receive a tentative dx. He definitely has PBD with mixed episodes. As well as severe depression. He also has anxiety and ocd. They tried to say he had PPD, but my child has compassion so I disagree and refuse to label him with something that serious.

He is such a good boy. He is so loving and compassionate and has impeccable manners. It is so scary to watch your sweet child deal with issues like these. You feel helpless.

We do not use medication, while it would make things easier I feel that the meds offered are to dangerous.
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abigailesmommy
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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My daughter was recently diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia. She is 8 years old. I was not shocked by the dyslexia because I wanted her tested but I was a little shocked by the ADHD... even though I probably shouldn't be. She is JUST like me and I have dyslexia and ADHD. I guess I just chalked it up to her being like her mother. :) It is not severe and we will not be doing medication until she is old enough to choose to. I have been able to control mine with structure and learning self control. (I don't want it to seem that I am against medicine.. I think it can be very helpful but I rather try to teach her the tools and techniques to manage without if possible.)

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