Is it Puberty or BiPolar?

Nikki - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned ten four days ago. She was diagnosed with seasonal allergies around two years ago. The doctor had wanted her to go on allergy pills. We tried three different brands but each one we gave her resulted in her having what I would describe as an emotional melt down. She would cry and apologize for not being able to "do anything right", and would just be inconsolable. We stopped giving her the medication. Eight days ago I gave her an allergy pill because she was extremely congested and I was hoping to help clear her nose. Four days ago she turned ten. She had gotten some money for her birthday and wanted to go to the store. I said we would go on the weekend. She seemed bummed but not unusually so. Yesterday she fell apart. She became irritable, had no patience for her younger siblings and kept telling me I was mean because I wouldn't take her to the store. She also broke down crying and said she didn't want to spend the night at her Grandparents for her birthday, she just wanted to stay home. Today she seemed a little more herself but still like something was off. She would be happy at times, but then she started asking to go to the store again and again I said we had to wait until the weekend. She started crying again, went into her bedroom and didn't want to talk to me. When I was trying to tuck her in she kept crying saying that she couldn't stay still, that she felt like she needed to move her legs and kicked all the covers off of her bed. When I asked her why she kept crying she said she didn't know, she just couldn't help it. She also asked for mashed potatoes earlier saying that she really wanted them. I can't ever remember her asking for specifically for food like that. It's always usually just "I'm hungry." She's not acting herself and I'm very worried. Her Grandmother suffers from depression and I don't know if this is puberty moodiness or if it's something else.

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Mardi - posted on 02/01/2013

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Sounds like it might be more than puberty, but I dont think I'd go as far as to say bi polar.

I get the restless legs when I get sick and rub them nearly raw on the bedsheets, walls, whatever I can get near. I would check her medication, even diaries her moods, outbursts etc, if its puberty, it will have a pattern similar most months, if its related to medication, maybe a change is in order. The medication could be exacerbating the mood swings.

Mardi - posted on 02/01/2013

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Sounds like it might be more than puberty, but I dont think I'd go as far as to say bi polar.

I get the restless legs when I get sick and rub them nearly raw on the bedsheets, walls, whatever I can get near. I would check her medication, even diaries her moods, outbursts etc, if its puberty, it will have a pattern similar most months, if its related to medication, maybe a change is in order. The medication could be exacerbating the mood swings.

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