bipolar, bpd and raising a daughter

Christine - posted on 10/19/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, just wasn't sure if there were other mums like me who have both illness, it is a daily struggle to get my head around a day, let alone an 11yr old who understands things most 13/14yr olds wouldn't, but doesn't have the emotional maturity to deal with it all.
she is showing signs of depression and have taken her to our gp, who was wonderful and has booked her in for further tests (in case there is anything else going on), but is organising couselling for her.
I have massive guilt trips about how she is , that it is all my fault. I know it isn't, but I still feel that way.
As to the diagnoisis of both illness's, yes, sadly I have both. I know there is a lot of contraversey about it, that you have either one or the other. So please no emails about that I have both.

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Christine - posted on 06/20/2011

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Hi Rhian, It is a hard one to explain to your kids. I'm currently writting a kids book about it all, as i could not find any info for my daughter to read on me having bp. Normalising it all helps, ie. some people have asthma or diabetees or have to have an epipen. all of us have to watch what we eat, make sure we exercise, take our medications and beware of symptoms. It is not an easy thing to live with as sometimes we are up and down all in one day. Take care and be kind yourself.

Rhian - posted on 06/20/2011

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hello i have only just come across this page i have been diagnosed with both and i struggle to find information on bpd i want to find a way to explain my illness to my children xx

Christine - posted on 05/02/2011

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Hi Jillian, thank you for posting a reply. Something that has helped me since posting this is to lookinto the behaviours of gifted kids. one of her medical team put her on to this. we are lining up the testing for it all. Apparenlty most of her behavious (except for the depression) line up more with the behaviours of a frustrated gifted child. I had no idea how close bpd and giftness are in behaviours! This may be something to keep in mind for your 2 yr old.

Jillian - posted on 05/02/2011

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Totally understand that self blame angle. I have a 2yr old that I'm already worrying about and blaming myself about as well feeling sorry for her as she grows up. For one thing, I remember as I was growing up, I was confused about what was "normal" and what wasn't. I found myself, teaching myself when to laugh, how to laugh depending on what I was laughing at. But really I found nothing funny. I had no emotions of my own. I also feel bad, because it's me raising her. Me, coping with my 3 diagnoses and learning how to be, while teaching her how to maintain, exist, live and just plain learn/ comprehend. I can totally relate. Although, mine is 2 with a 4-5yr old brain.

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