Anyone else the parent of a bipolar teenager?? How do I deal?

Brenda - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 and a half. He was diagnosed bipolar at age 8 and ADHD at age 5. SOmetimes I just don't know what to do with him. He can't keep his hands off his lil brother and doesn't listen until I scream my head off (which I hate doing, cause I feel like the most awful mom ever) He isn't as bad as my aunt says my cousin was when she was a teen (she is also bipolar) but man he is so hard to deal with sometimes and I don't know anyone else in my position. Just looking for feedback and some one to vent to/with :-) Thanks

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Marcy - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter's first day care said that she was disrupting other kids at nap time all the time and running away from the teachers when they wanted her to take her naps. so she got kicked out of that day care and the second day care lady said she can't handle Miranda because she wouldn't listen and knocking down other kids' blocks or leggos. I tryed to have her at a friends house but she didn't listen then either and after that I got her in to see a doctor when she was 4 years old and her first doctor didn't work out and I switched Doctors when she was in first grade. Then everything get better. So that is how it first started. Miranda was in three different day cares in one year.

Chetna - posted on 01/18/2010

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what are the first signs, how did each one of you know that your kids had bipolar or ADHD?

Marcy - posted on 01/16/2010

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Brenda I kind of know what you are going through. My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar at the age of 4 and when she got to the end of her first year of school I switched doctors because the doctor she had wasn't helping any. After I switch doctors, the doctor ruled out that she was Bipolar. Then when she got on different medicine she got better and the memories of having the other doctor made have bad dreams cause her other doctor made her stay at a mental hospital. It was very hard on my daughter cause she said that the doctors would have to hold her down to give her shots. Three nurses would have to hold her down. I think all that what she went threw she can't forget. And she had that for an excuss for everything. She sometimes blames me for bringing her there and leaving her there. It is hard and we went threw some tough times. My daughter is 14 soon going to be 15 and she is getting better now. She is on a mood stablizer and another medicine for concentration at school. I hope this helps.add me to your circle if you want to message each other some more.

Rosalind - posted on 01/16/2010

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IT'S TOUGH, VERY TOUGH. My 16 year old was diagnosed with Severe ADHD at age 4. At age 12 it changed. He started getting into all types of trouble. At age 16 he is diagnosed with Impulse Control Disorder - on heavy meds. He has very poor judgement. Family counseling works wonders.

Brooke - posted on 01/16/2010

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May I ask what kinds of meds he is on? I have a 6 yr old who was diagnosed with ADHD @ 4 and childhood bi-polar just a few months ago. They have tried, too many meds...conserta (sp) Adderal, folcalin, clonidine..ect. BUT have now figured that she can some what maintain her moods...but can not control her impulses, to concentrate on the ADHD and she has been put "back' on the clonidine. She cant handle a stimulant. BUT she is exactly how you explain, cant keep her nads of her siblings, non stop talking, non stop going, even went through a long bought with childhood insomnia...talk about wanting to go crazy myself! I scream so much it hurts sometimes, and feel equally as bad, but i would never lay a hand on her. So yelling is my answer. She gets straight A's in school but always bad comments on behavior and talking..grrrrr. If you ever want to talk to please feel free to email me or message. mileena245@yahoo.com.
Also I have a teen who bi-polar..she is 14..she doesn not have the ADHD aspect...but def. bi-polar..and the moods..whoaaaa its like being on a roller coaster, i actually feel like tip toeing sometimes. Being a mom who has bi-polar i can only feel her pain....she is on a few meds as well as I am...the same actually and they work sooooo well.... but we also hormones going..so we have hella rides. So please emal if ya ever need.

Leonie - posted on 01/16/2010

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hi my son was diagnosed with ad/hd at the age of 5 aswell n im thinking he may bipolar aswell but ive explained to my doctor n peatrician as he now 12 turning 13 hes behavior n they have now put him under headspace but is not doing much 4 him ,im finding it really hard to deal with at times n i dont know where to turn to next.im having similiar problems with him punching into his brother n sister ,but yet they r always the ones start him off but i have seen him with my own eyes and he will look me in the eyes an lie to me.could you please let me know other symptoms it would b much appreciated and were can i go from here. lost on wot to do next help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cassandra - posted on 01/15/2010

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I have two bipolar children, one's 14 and was diagnosed in 1st grade. The other is almost 12 and she was diagnosed in 2nd grade. I know exactly how you feel. there are days when you are ready to pull your hair out. Everyone loses their patience at times, we are not perfect. It's enough to make YOU feel bipolar sometimes. I feel like I should be a paid referee most of the time between my kids. My friends are constantly commenting on how they don't know how I do it. Honestly, sometimes I feel at my wits end. If you ever need to chat or just blow off steam please feel free to message me.

Angie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I don't have a bipolar teen but I was a biploar teen. Feel free to message me off the board is there is anything I can do to help. I might be able to help you understand how he is feeling....

Angie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I don't have a bipolar teen but I was a biploar teen. Feel free to message me off the board is there is anything I can do to help. I might be able to help you understand how he is feeling....

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