Silka - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
Since we have so many new members on here now I wanted to ask everyone to introduce themselves and tell us when you first noticed symptoms of bipolar in your child and what those symptoms were. We have discussed this on another post, but there are some strong opinions out there that bipolar doesn't exist in people under the age of 20. I strongly disagree, feeling that looking back there was evidence even from early infancy, but since Karlee is my oldest I don't think I knew the extent of those differences until my son was born and had none of those same issues. Sleep issues all through infancy, then her terrible two's lasted from the time she was 1 until she started kindergarden, which then turned into from kindergarden on pretty extreme insecurity that all of the girls at school hated her and comments from teachers that she never pays attention, and now the teen years which when puberty began for her it seemed like I had lost her for a while to extreme depression and cutting herself, anger outbursts that was like pms times 1000, sneaking out, no understanding of consequences, not caring when I took away priveledges but freaking out at the same time for not being able to contact her friends. What have your experiences been?