My 6yo DS is ADD/dyslexic, and I've started wondering about bipolar. I first thought Asperger's, but his symptoms aren't quite the same. The short list here...
He can be so bright, loving & wonderful, then turns on a dime and cycles between:
1) this super silly, hyper, way "out there" imaginative kid who is convinced he has super powers & lives in his head, blasting off and running circles around the living room;
2) anxious to the point of chronic diarrhea & vomiting, biting his nails to the quick, worried that his bipolar/psychotic bio-father will return someday, or maybe an asteroid will smash into the earth;
3) depressed & angry, throwing horrible tantrums that last up to an hour where I have to physically restrain him, because he's threatening to hurt/kill us or himself;
4) calms down & is back to his normal sweet self, sometimes apologizing for acting that way by saying his dad gave him his "bad spirit". (don't know where he came up with that one!)
He also has alot of sensory issues & freaks out over certain foods/sensations (like even mildly spicy foods or brushing his teeth), while craving other stimulation (like jumping off a 5' play structure or non-stop talking loud enough to bring someone out of a coma). There are times when he tunes out everything, and though his hearing & vision are fine, he doesn't register you're there unless you make physical contact, then he startles like you snuck up on him.
Whatever is going on, it's very stressful for the whole family - it's especially hard on the little ones caught in the middle and DH (whose first child is our 1yo DD), he had a bipolar/schizoprenic sister who made his life hell & he doesn't know how to handle this. I don't know what to do, feel so helpless & lost! Anyone else dealing with something similar?